10 Top Tourist Attractions in Nice

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Cimiez Monastery

Located in Cimiez, the monastery was built in the 15th century after the Order of Cistercians was supposed to have arrived in Nice by the 12th century.

Its has been preserved from the ravages of war thanks to the care of the order, as can be seen upon entering the courtyard of the monastery. This monastery has been a tourist attraction since 1872, since it is well known for the unparalleled beauty of its open-air cloister whose romantic style of Gothic architecture will charm everyone. The cloister of the monastery is unique in France because of its Gothic architecture, which includes the Gothic Treasury. The monastery is famous for its cemetery and its octagonal cemeteries. They were designed by the architect Augustin Carême.

The cloister is accessible through the main entrance, which can be seen from the cobbled street on which the monastery is located. Two central towers are located on each side of the main entrance of the cloister. The cemeteries of the monastery are located to the east of the main cloister.

These run parallel to that of the monastery. Each one is also surrounded by individual gates.

The construction of the monastery lasted for several centuries, and the architecture of the building is unique in the city of Nice, which is due to its history of restoration work.

Promenade du Paillon

Musee Marc Chagall

Located at 45, rue de la Chapelle, Nice, the museum houses the works of Marc Chagall, a Russian-French artist.

This is the first museum in France to offer the works of Marc Chagall in their permanent collection.

It was opened to the public in November of 2008 by the Foundation Chagall-Palatino of Prince Rainier III, who founded the mission of the Foundation.

The museum opened with the aim to have the works of Marc- Chagall fully exhibited to the public, which, until then, only provided incomplete views due to the temporary exhibitions in which they were originally displayed.

The museum is part of a historic building in the old Town of Nice, listed as an historical monument by the French Ministry of Culture.

Moreover, the museum is part of the Foundation Chagall-Palatino. Inaugurated on June 17, 2004, the Foundation has been set up in order to maintain and develop the museum, and also to pursue an exhibition policy on contemporary art.

This museum also organizes major exhibitions that take place every year in the city of Nice and other localities.

The museum is divided into four sections:

  • The history of Chagall
  • The exhibition of works by Marc Chagall
  • The exhibition of digital art
  • The exhibition of photography and video

Russian Orthodox Cathedral

The Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Nice is the oldest Russian Orthodox worship house in France. It is built on the ruins of a mosque that was initially erected in the 18th century. The cathedral is home to the oldest coffin of an Islamic bride in France and the oldest moroccan fan boxes in Europe.

The cathedral is also known for being associated with the meeting point of two worlds; the mosque of Nice and the church of the Russian Orthodox.

The construction of a Russian Orthodox church in the Mediterranean city of Nice is sometimes presented as the consequence of the conversion of France to Christianity.

This is not the simple story. The Russian Orthodox Church came to Nice with the Tsar Peter the Great as part of a vast program of expansion of the Russian Empire.

The cathedral was designed by Louis Jean Marie de La Chevre who worked with auxiliary of the church of St. Sergius of Radonezh. The construction of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral on the ruins of a mosque began in 1710.

The Russian Chapel became a parish church of the Russian Orthodox Church in 1911. In 1923 the Statute for the Russian Orthodox Church in Nice was signed.

The church is still used with services gathering hundreds of believers each day.

Musee Matisse

Place Massena

(Maison Massena): FYI that it's pronounced "Massa-na", was the property of the influential Massena family for almost 300 years and today is the home of the University of Nice. It was bought by private investors in 1989 and is now a museum with a magnificent garden overlooking the sea and is one of the most beautiful places in Nice.

Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill)

On the top of the hill are the ruins of an ancient stronghold that was home to the Count of Vaudecir and later the Duke of Savoy. He built a castle here in 1470 that was the center of the Savoy family empire.

The Castle became the summer residence of the Kings of Spain in the eighteenth century.

If you look closely you can see many of the bullet marks from the battle in the War of the Austria Succession.

Cours Saleya

Vieux Nice

The Vieux Nice is the old historic part of the city. It contains over 2,000 beautifully decorated buildings and narrow streets.

The old city, which was untouched by the massive constructions of the 20th century, is a popular area for tourists and locals alike. One can find restaurants and cafes around the area, and the smell of coffee is noticeable from every corner.

There are also many historical meanings attached to the area. The old city was once the south part of the Roman Empire, and there are still many Roman remains in the area. An example is the amphitheater where the City Hall of Nice currently stands.

There are also vibrant flower markets, museums, and monuments. The museum of the old city and the art museum are particularly popular amongst tourists. It is also a good place for people who seek a break from the heat of the city.

The area is entered through Aix-les-Bains. The Aix-les-Bains cathedral and the museum of the old town are two of the most important sites in the city. Both are more than just buildings – they're also a point of reference for many Nice locals and visitors.

Just beyond the Vieux Nice area is the Cours Saleya. It is regarded as the most central point in Nice. The Cours Saleya is where the charming French Riviera sun sets.

Promenade des Anglais

How can you not enjoy your holiday in Nice if you got to stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, watching the sailboats chugging on the blue Mediterranean sea?

Or step down into the La Condamine park and enjoy the Parc Floral de la Condamine, the largest municipal botanical garden, comprising exotic and rare plants, including a Japanese garden.

Or explore the main boulevard, rue Victor Hugo, which is popularly known as “Boulevard de Cimiez.”

To watch the busy Couture fashion show, held inside La Nef, the most beautiful Art Deco movie house in the world. A treat indeed!

There you can also go to the Nice Carnival, or the Flower Festival, to celebrate the art of flowers and blooming local talents.

To admire the Old Town with its seaside, historic Castelvecchio Castle and Gothic cathedral, as well as the 18th-century Maison Nicephore de Chardonnet, with its arcaded gallery.

For a walk along next to the Corniche to admire the blue Mediterranean sea and the old burgeois dwellings…