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  • 1 Plateau St-Michel Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Heading east from Nice, the Grande Corniche heads up to the St-Michel plateau, offering views back over Nice and the Bay of Angels; to the front is La Drète fort. On the right a road leads to the Observatory of Mont-Gros, an international centre of a..

  • 2 Marc Chagall museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    380 avenue Dr-Ménard

    This museum contains the largest permanent collection of works by Marc Chagall (1887-1985). His Biblical Message cycle consists of 17 large paintings depicting scenes such as The Creation, Adam and Eve Expelled from Paradise, The Flood and Song of So..

  • 3 Jules Cheret Fine Arts Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    33 avenue des Baumettes

    Housed in a residence built in 1878 for Princess Kotschoubey in the Genoese Renaissance style, the Musée des Beaux Arts (Fine Arts Museum) exhibits European works from the 17C-19C. One room is devoted to the Van Loos, the most famous of whom, Carle, ..

  • 4 Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Place Yves-Klein

    This museum exhibits works by the Nice School and the movements that preceded and followed it. Nouveau Réalisme is shown through artists like Arman, César and Spoerri, with pride of place given to Yves Klein (1928-62) and his blue monochromes. The ne..

  • 5 Musée des Arts Asiatiques Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    405 promenade des Anglais

    This museum was designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange and is built over the lake in Parc Phoenix. It presents traditional sacred Asian art by geographical area (India, Cambodia, China and Japan) - beautiful works whose minimalism and simplicity ..

  • 6 Musée Matisse (Villa des Arènes) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    164 avenue des Arènes-de-Cimiez

    Dominating the sea, this 17C villa, with its Sienna earth colour, houses around 30 paintings by Matisse (1869-1954). From dark palettes to canvases lit with the Mediterranean sun, then, after a stay in Morocco, to pure colour, and finally to the refi..

  • 7 Église St-Jacques (Gesù) Interesting

    Religious buildings

    3 place Rossetti

    This church is the former chapel of a college built in the early 17C. The interior is decorated with continuous frescos and bas-reliefs and has a profusion of details in its decoration. Fluted pilasters lead to a vault decorated with trompe l'oeil. T..

  • 8 Musée Massena Interesting

    Museums and art

    65 rue de France

    This building by Marshal André Massena's grandson is surrounded by gardens and boasts a sumptuous First-Empire interior. A designated "Musée de France", the museum presents the history of Nice from 1860 to the end of the 1930 with a modern ..

  • 9 Gallo-Roman archaeological site Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    160 avenue des Arènes-de-Cimiez

    The vast thermal bath area shows the high level of technology attained in the 3C: the Magistrate's Baths feature latrines, a frigidarium and a hypocaust. Next to them are the East Baths, which the public used and are more modest in decor but similarl..

  • 10 Franciscan monastery Interesting

    Religious buildings

    pl. du Monastère

    Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption church contains three masterpieces by Primitive Nice artist Louis Bréa: a Pietà (1475), a Crucifixion (1512) and a Deposition. The Musée Franciscain recalls the work of the Franciscans in Nice from the 13C to the present da..

  • 11 Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Avenue Nicolas-II

    The cathedral was built by a Russian architect in 1912. Its six cupola with golden bulbs add a touch of the exotic to the Nice skyline and symbolise the importance of the Russian colony on the Côte d'Azur. The interior, in the shape of a Greek cross,..

  • 12 Musée d'Art naïf A.-Jakovsky Interesting

    Museums and art

    23 avenue de Fabron

    600 paintings given by Anatole Jakovsky present the masters of naïve art, with a large selection of Croatian art by Generalic and Rabuzin, as well as works from South America (especially Brazil) and France - Bauchant, Vivin, Vieillard and Nice painte..

  • 13 Acropolis convention centre Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This glass and concrete complex with five vaulted ceilings is built over the Paillon river. Equipped to host events for several thousand participants, it is decorated inside and out with works by contemporary artists such as Volti, Arman, César, Paul..

  • 14 Palais Lascaris Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    15 rue Droite

    The façade of this palace built in 1665 features balustraded balconies on carved marble consoles and pilasters. Head first to the original pharmacy, then up the majestic ceremonial staircase and the sumptuous balustraded staircase that takes you unde..

  • 15 Misericorde chapel Interesting

    Religious buildings

    2 place Pierre-Gautier

    This chapel, built in 1740 from plans by the Italian Guarini, belongs to the Black Penitents. Volutes (spiral scrolls) and S-curves decorate its bowed façade and oval oculi. This church is an undeniable celebration of Baroque. Push open the door and ..

  • 16 Parc Phoenix Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    405 promenade des Anglais

    An enormous botanical park with the largest greenhouse in the world. There are 1,500 plant species arranged by subject, associated to the corresponding animal species and their calls using a sound system. An aviary houses a number of parrots and exot..

  • 17 Boulevard Victor-Hugo

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    bd Victor-Hugo

    Quite a lively main thoroughfare lined with plane trees and buildings with fantastic façades, including Palais Meyerbeer at no45 with wrought-iron work and cherubs, and the delightful neo-Classical Villa Abbo at no22.

  • 18 Albert-Ier gardens

    Nature and gardens

    av. de Verdun

    These gardens feature an open-air theatre, a fountain by Volti and a huge arc-shaped sculpture by Bernar Venet. Casino Ruhl is on the corner of avenue de Verdun and promenade des Anglais, which run alongside.

  • 19 Chapelle de l'Annonciation

    Religious buildings

    Built in the 13C and completely remodelled in the 17C, this chapel has a simple façade which contrasts with the exuberant Baroque interior of balustrades and altars, retables and painted and coffered vaulted ceilings. The chapel is known locally as S..

  • 20 Cathédrale Ste-Réparate

    Religious buildings

    Place Rossetti

    Its Genoese-style 18C dome brightens up the old town with its 14 000 varnished tiles; its fine 19C façade, meanwhile, balanced and colourful in line with Baroque tastes, contributes to the animation on the pleasant Place Rossetti. Built in 1650 by Ni..

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