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Monuments and churches

Nice is distinguished by a wide variety of architectural styles, originating from different periods.

Over the centuries of its somewhat turbulent history, Nice has retained the imprint of each age ...

What we now refer to as the Old City represented until the 18th century the entire urban area.  With its Baroque-style palaces and churches, colourful facades and narrow streets, the old city is now part of a heritage preservation scheme. 

Monuments and churches

Le Palais de Justice
Old Nice
Built from 1890-1892 on the site of the former Dominican convent, the Hall of Justice was built according to the very traditional principle of a colonnade and a great Neoclassical staircase.

Place du Palais - 06300 NICE
Le Cadran Solaire
Nice-Sea side
On Quai Rauba Capeu which links Promenade des Anglais to the Port, a most unusual sundial gives the time thanks to the shadow of the human head.

Côté Est de la Promenade des Anglais - 06300 NICE
L' Eglise Saint Michel
The building was constructed in the 18th century (1757). Mass on Sunday at 10:00 am
Situated at the heart of the city, Saint Michael's church presents all the features of a simple baroque style. It contains many riches: The Grinda Brothers' organ...

Place Abbé Lorenzoni - 06230 VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-MER
Tel.: 04 93 01 01 46
Place du Monastère de Cimiez
North Nice
The Franciscan cross on the square is a copy of the original inside the church dated 1477.
The marble cross 5.80 metres high bears several finely carved figures including the Seraph described in Saint Francis of Assisi’s visions.

- 06000 NICE
La Promenade des Anglais
Nice-Sea side
Nice owes this route its international standing!
This famous seaside road is always elegantly decorated with flowers and follows the harmonious curve of Baie des Anges. Originally a footpath no more than 6 feet wide, it was widened by an Englishman,...

- 06000 NICE
La Place Rossetti
Old Nice
Ochre façades, fountains, flower-decked balconies, baroque cathedral and café terraces contribute to the life of this bustling square, one of the most picturesque in Old Nice.

- 06300 NICE
Église Saint-Jacques-Le-Majeur dite du Jésus (gésu)
Old Nice
Built in the Baroque style starting in 1607 by the Jesuits, the ‘Gesù’ church is richly decorated with many ornaments, stucco, false marble, cherubs and medallions.
The blue of its façade dominates the small square that bears its name and from...

Rue Droite - 06300 NICE
Cimetière du Château
Old Nice
The people buried in the Château cemetery come from a variety of social backgrounds. They are both the small people of Old Nice but also the town's notables and foreigners from the town's many communities.

Allée François Aragon - 06300 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 85 68 10
Le Fort du Mont-Alban
Port / Acropolis / East Nice
Built on a hilltop 222 metres above sea level, the Fort is a massive 16thcentury structure with bastions and bartizans.
It offers an exceptional panorama including Italy (point of Bordighera), Cap d’Ail, Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat, Baie des Anges, all...

Av du Mont-Alban - 06300 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 92 00 41 90
Opéra Nice Côte d'Azur
Old Nice
Come to the Nice Côte d'Azur Opera House to admire its architectural heritage or enjoy the opera, dance or symphony orchestra season. Be bold - try the Opera House!
A harmonious blend of premieres of contemporary works, rediscovery of gems of the...

Closed : Sunday all day,

4-6 rue Saint-François de Paule - 06300 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 92 17 40 79
Maison d'Adam et Eve
Old Nice
One of the few remaining examples of the decorated façades of Old Nice, this bas-relief dated 1584 shows Adam and Eve naked in the Garden of Eden, threatening each other with clubs.
Perpendicular to Cours Saleya, this façade of this house is famous...

Rue de la Poissonnerie - Angle Cours Saleya - 06300 NICE
Le Port
Port / Acropolis / East Nice
Located in the heart of the city, the Port of Nice comprises 7ha of docks and a dozen wharfs, six for commercial activity.
The Port of Nice, surrounded by 18th-century buildings in the Genoese style, is actually named Port Lympia. The architectural...

Quai Amiral Infernet - CCINCA - 06300 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 217 217
La Place Garibaldi
Port / Acropolis / East Nice
The first extension of Old Nice northward, Place Garibaldi today is lined by elegant yellow ocher façades with green shutters and vaulted porticoes, in which the Blue Penitents’ chapel, Chapelle du Saint-Sépulcre, is perfectly integrated.
A statue...

- 06300 NICE
Eglise Anglicane Saint-Michael

11 chemin des Myrtes - 06310 BEAULIEU-SUR-MER
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 01 45 61
La Tour Bellanda
Port / Acropolis / East Nice
Built on the foundations of a defensive structure razed to the ground during the French occupation under King Louis XIV, Tour Bellanda was home to the great 19th-century French composer Hector Berlioz while he was writing the King Lear...

Parc du Château - Escalier Lesage - 06300 NICE
La Place Masséna
City center
Built in the 1840s, Place Masséna remains the jewel of Nice.
On the north side, elegant arcaded buildings are painted with the famous Pompeian red and to the East, there is a splendid perspective on the hills with their Tuscan charm. The square was...

- 06000 NICE
Monument aux Morts
Nice-Sea side
At the foot of the Castle Hill, where Nice was born, the War Memorial was inaugurated in 1928 in the old quarries cut into the sides of the hill, in honour of the 4,000 people of Nice who died in World War I (1914-1918).

Place Guynemer - 06300 NICE
La Tour Saint-Francois
Old Nice
The Tour Saint-François, 50 m high, dominates Nice and provides a breathtaking 360° view over the city.
Historic monument. Ticket sales on-site (reservation not required). No guided visits. Before enjoying the beautiful view, you have to swallow a...

Closed : Monday all day, Tuesday all day, Wednesday all day, Thursday all day, Friday all day,

2 ruelle Saint-André - 06300 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)497132638
Le Palais de La Préfecture
Old Nice
The palace of the Dukes of Savoy in the 17th century, a hospital during the French Revolution and the Prefecture when Nice became French in 1860, this building has been renovated several times.
Today, after having had different functions, the Palais...

1 place du Palais de Justice (rue de la Préfecture) - 06300 NICE
Monastère Franciscain de Cimiez
North Nice
The Monastery of Cimiez consists of the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, the Franciscan Museum and its gardens.
The church, built by the Benedictine monks, was later the chapel of the former Franciscan monastery and became a popular place of...

Av du Monastère - 06000 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 81 00 04