Nice France – Apart from the beautiful and famous city of Paris, France also has other beautiful cities that are perhaps less talked about. Nice is one of the cities that has a beautiful name and has a special beauty due to its coastline. Located in southeastern France and dating back to the Roman Empire, it has a completely different atmosphere than Paris. The city was originally discovered by the British in the 1820s as a winter resort. Today it is still a popular holiday destination and one of the best cities to visit in France. Nice, considered the center of the French Riviera, is a good starting point for exploring the stunning Azur coast. Let’s take a look at some of the sights of this city.
1. Promenade des Anglais – Nice France
The Promenade des Anglais, the most iconic street in Nice, is a beautiful walking area that follows the curves of the Baie des Anges. This legendary coastal road is planted with palm trees and filled with beautiful gardens. The road was originally just a small walkway built by the Englishman Reverend Lewis Way in 1820 at his own expense. Then it was called “Chemin des Anglais”. This road was further developed in 1931 when it was given two separate roads. At that time, the son of Queen Victoria (Duke of Conot) opened the promenade in the royal style. The English promenade is also popular among cyclists and skaters. Since the Belle Epoque, lavish buildings such as the Palais de la Méditerranée and the exquisite VillaMasséna (65 Rue de France), formerly the princess’s house, have been favored. Villa Masséna, now a historic site, houses a museum of art and history and is surrounded by a beautiful park and formal French gardens. Another exceptional building of this promenade is called Le Negresco, which is registered as a national historical monument. Le Negresco is a luxurious five-star hotel with a world-class art collection.
2. Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Nicolas
Built in 1912 by Tsar Nicholas, it is one of the most beautiful Orthodox churches outside of Russia. Inspired by the Muscovite style, the cathedral has a richly decorated interior with many decorative icons, murals, and inlays, as well as prominent metal icons. The interior of the church, like a jewelry box, contains religious and historical objects that were brought here from Russia during the riots. The cathedral is still used as a place of worship. Visitors are accepted but must follow certain rules: Men with naked tops or shorts will not be accepted. Short skirts and shorts are not allowed for women, the shoulders should be covered and a head covering is preferred. Cathedral guided tours (in English, French or Japanese) are available daily.
3. The Garden of Albert I
This lush park-like area is located between Phocéens Street and Verdun Street. The garden has a magnificent fountain with a statue of Apollo (Greek sun god). It also has a pleasant outdoor theater. The Verdure Theater grounds are surrounded by pine and date trees. In the spring and summer, the venue hosts open-air music concerts, including rock festivals and performances by rock bands. A short walk from the garden to the busy Jean Médecin street is one of the main shopping streets in Nice. Notre Dame Church is worth a visit while visiting the recreation area.
4. Musée Masséna
This magnificent building was originally built as a vacation spot for Prince Victor d’Estaing, the grandson of one of Napoleon’s favorite generals. This magnificent building from Nice, built between 1898 and 1901 in the neoclassical and Italian style, is now dedicated to fascinating museums on the history of the Riviera. The museum exhibits artifacts from the history of the Kings’ vacation and American immigration to the boom in tourism and the importance of hosting the Nice Carnival. The ground floor of the Masna Museum is used for official events, so it is sometimes closed for a short time with prior notice.
5. Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux Arts)
On the campus of the University of Les Baumettes, the Museum of Fine Arts offers an extensive collection of works from the 15th to the 20th centuries. This collection features French paintings, including works by French, Italian, and Flemish Impressionists. Highlights include 17th and 18th-century French paintings and nineteenth-century paintings and sculptures. Representative artists include Chéret, Fragonard, Braque, Carrière, Chagall, Degas, Monet, Sisley, Carpeaux and Roden sculptures, as well as Picasso pottery. The museum also houses a collection of Dufy paintings and art collections by Alexis and Gustav Adolf Mossa.
6. Walk on the cobbled streets of Vieille Ville (Old Town)
The beautiful old town of Nice, with its maze of narrow alleys and cobbled streets, has a living environment reminiscent of Italy. Villa, commonly known as Babazuk, is bordered by wide boulevards, including Castle Hill. For tourists, one of the most memorable things to do in Nice is to visit the famous brand Aux Fleurs. A traditional flower market with open stalls with colorful striped canopies (open every day except Mondays). If you are also interested in seeing this beautiful city, visit Zivar Europe Tour.
Who is Giuseppe Garibaldi? – Nice France
Giuseppe Garibaldi, who was named after this important square in Nice, was an Italian born in Nice in 1807. On this day, he is a national hero in Italy, as he is told that the government owes a debt to his revival, known in 1859 as the “Risorgimento” today. Garibaldi was a professional sailor, an enemy of the papacy, and a great Masonic master. Most importantly, he became famous during the battles in Sicily and Rome. When you look at the renovated rental houses in a clean row next to the square, you get the impression that “nothing is here.” During a few visits to this place, you will notice that all the decorations on the buildings – except the shutters – are painted on them and are not real at all! The illusionist painting technique is used here to make the columns under the window and the decorations around them look real. Garibaldi Square is a rare example of the use of this work in European public space.