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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

Basilique Notre-Dame
City center
The largest church in Nice and the first modern religious structure, the basilica of Notre-Dame was built after Nice became French (1864-1868).
Inspired by the Cathedral of Angers with its two square towers, it is adorned with 19th-century...

Av Jean Médecin - 06000 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 88 73 63
Eglise Notre Dame du Port
Port / Acropolis / East Nice

Declared a historical monument in 1991, the Church of Our Lady of the Port was built between 1840 and 1853. The façade of this neoclassical building includes 4 monumental columns which, despite their late addition in 1893, are in perfect harmony...

Place Ile de Beauté - 06300 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 89 53 05
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
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
Cours Saleya
Old Nice
Built on the ramparts dismantled in the early 18th century, Cours Saleya, a pedestrian area in the heart of Old Nice, has become a picturesque part of the city, a must for tourist and locals alike.
In this rectilinear baroque ochre setting, the flower...

Rue Saint-François de Paule - 06300 NICE
La Place Ile-de-Beaute
Port / Acropolis / East Nice
Aligned symmetrically on either side of the church of Notre- Dame du Port (Church of the Immaculate Conception), the buildings and houses on the square form an exemplary complex in the Neoclassical style.
Also called ‘Place du Port’, its harbour...

- 06300 NICE
Église Saint-Martin dite Saint-Augustin
Old Nice
The present church dates mainly from the 17th century; among the fine works it contains, there is a Pietà, a panel painting attributed to Louis Brea (ca. 1504).
The Augustinian convent became a barracks after the French Revolution, renamed ‘Caserne...

Place Saint-Augustin - 06300 NICE
Monument du Centenaire
Nice-Sea side
Built in 1893, this monument commemorates the decree declaring the Comté de Nice to be part of France and the creation of the Alpes-Maritimes département.
It faces Promenade des Anglais and the Mediterranean Sea, on the edge of Jardin Albert Ier.

Jardin Albert 1er - 06000 NICE
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
La Tête Carrée
Port / Acropolis / East Nice
Devised by the sculptor Sacha Sosno, the ‘Square Head’ is the key symbol of the city’s contemporary architecture.
This 30 metres high and 14 metres wide monument-sculpture is not open to the public and houses the offices of the Louis Nucéra...

2 place Yves Klein - 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
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 Negresco
Nice-Sea side
Built on the shores of the famous Baie des Anges in 1912 by Niermans for the Romanian Henri Negresco, this Belle-Époque landmark is the only museum and luxury hotel in Nice.
A listed historic building since 2003, it houses collections retracing five...

37 Promenade des Anglais - 06000 NICE
Le Palais de La Méditerranée
Nice-Sea side
A temple to gambling and the arts in the Interwar years, in 1927, the year of its construction, it became the world’s most grandiose casino.
In 2004, after three years of works, that life was re-instilled in the legend with its Art-Deco architecture...

11 Promenade des Anglais - 06000 NICE
Eglise Anglicane Saint-Michael

11 chemin des Myrtes - 06310 BEAULIEU-SUR-MER
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 01 45 61
Chapelle de La Miséricorde
Old Nice
Built after 1740 and designed by the famous architect Bernardo Vittone, the chapel has an elliptical nave, with semicircular side chapels.
The wealth of the decoration inside, the originality of its volumes and the murals by Bistolfi make this a...

Closed : Monday all day, Wednesday all day, Thursday all day, Friday all day, Saturday all day, Sunday all day,

Cours Saleya - 06300 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 92 00 41 90
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
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
Sanctuaire du Sacré Coeur

22 rue de France - 06000 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 87 38 67
Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate
Old Nice
This church, which became a Cathedral in the 16th century, is the largest sanctuary in Old Nice.
Inspired by early Baroque architectural models from Rome, the structure has a basilical layout; with a triple nave and a transept. The decoration of the...

Place Rossetti - 06300 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 92 01 35