special architectural buildings in nice

The Lascaris Palace

Step inside this palace from Vieux Nice that presently houses musical instruments,

Evidence from the times when a violin or a harp was a real work of art.

TheLascaris Palace itself a baroque wonder from the 17th century

 that was once the residence of the Lascaris of the Vintimille family

it was declared a historical monument in 1946. The inside of the palace, a real architectural embroidering, takes you back to the period in which art was a way of life.

Guarded by rows of statues, the massive stairs are extremely rich in detail and are a true work of art. 

Among the musical instruments whose history starts even before 1800 you can lose yourself in a world of medieval colours,

a collection of frescos and an impressive tapestry dating from the 17th century. 

The Las- caris Palace succeeds to impress every visitor, that is why it should be included among the most important objectives in Nice. With this marvellous construction the Lascaris family, about which Charles Emmanuel II, Duke of Savoy used to say it was principalissime earned its place in eternity.

The Prefecture Palace

A monumental building, this palace could not have had another purpose than one of such importance.

Even from the beginning – which is still uncertain, but which historians have placed in the 16th century – the grandiose palace imposed authority and respect.

in the past, it was inaugurated by Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of head cabbage ,

the palace received the well-deserved title of Royal Palace. From that moment on and for the next 200 years, the Dukes of head cabbage ne’er abandoned it,

On the contrary, they would stay here every time they would spend time in Nice.

Although in time, the palace changed its name and purpose, the palace still keeps its presence inside the heart of the old city thanks to numerous restorations that also affected the facades.

Presently, it houses the Prefect’s Office of the Alpes-Maritimes Department.

The Palace of Justice

Located between Place Masséna and Cours Saleya,

the Palace of Justice found the best location to impose its architectural noblesse and massiveness of composition. Hard to believe, but before this neoclassical building was here,

the site belonged to a Dominican monastery.  The palace was built around the years 1890 – 1892. Get closer and observe its architectural texture, also take photos of one of the most elegant buildings in Nice. 

Being the Palace of Justice, an inside visit is not really of much interest, in fact, you won’t really miss anything. Admiring the wonderful facade will probably be as much as you can get.

Le Palais de la Méditerranée

Presently a luxurious hotel on the Promenade des Anglais,

Palais de la Méditer-ranée starts its history in 1927, meant to be one of the biggest casinos in the world.
Its architecture follows the Art Déco style, the palace being a real symbol of this architectural line,

It was closed, but only to invite its guests inside a totally restored interior, without betraying its inheritance.

The facade was also restored so that the consecrated Art Déco style would last throughout time. The hotel is blessed with five stars of comfort and luxury.

Château de l’Anglais

The castle stands tall among the residential villas on Mont Boron, so much like an appearance in pink. This coloured castle was built in 1858 for an English colonel in the Indian army – Robert Smith.

Obviously a colonel had a pretty unconventional and eccentric taste,

as this castle strikes you with its bright look – hence the alter- ego of the castle, “Smith’s folly”.  The colonel being English, the castle, despite its authentic French origins, received the name of “The Englishman’s Castle”.

In order to please the colonel preferences, the facade of the castle combined gothic and Hindu elements together resulting in a … pink mix. Today, the castle is a private property housing many residential apartments, therefore not open to the wide public.

Château Médiéval de Roquebrune

This old castle built around 970 still offers the possibility for its visitors to discover the remains of the Middle Ages.

Here you can see medieval objects and even some furniture pieces from those times,

you can also get an amazing view of the Mediterranean Sea. Plan a visit to this castle to wander around its dizzy corridors and its memories.

Fort du Mont Alban

A military construction from the 11th century, the fort was located in such manner that would allow a clear view over the city and the surroundings. Located above the sea at an altitude of 222 meters,

had it been open for visitors, the fort would have offered you the possibility to admire the views over the airport in Nice

likewise the sea as well as the regions around the city, Villefranche-sur-Mer and Cap Ferrat. Un- fortunately, this is not the case. 

It seems that Elton John appreciated this oasis of peace, quiet and beauty so much that he bought a domain just 300 meters away from the fort.

But no, the artist’s house cannot be visited either. You will have to settle with just a look and then continue your journey through Nice.

L’Hôtel de Ville

An interesting combination of neoclassical style on the outside and Art Déco in the interior, the Nice City Hall was built in 1730.

The construction did not have this purpose all the time and it was once a hospital. It became the City Hall in 1860.

Opéra de Nice

A historical monument, the baroque construction of the Opera in Nice is inspired by its favourite muse, the Mediterranean Sea, towards which it looks so shyly. 

Previously known as the Municipal Theatre in Nice, founded in 1885,

the building gives away its purpose by showing the stone embroided facade dominating Vieux Nice.

Le Negresco

Here you have one of the most beautiful hotels in the world, the symbol of the Promenade des Anglais and by default, of Nice.

Le Negresco Hotel has been watching over the shores of the Mediterranean Sea ever since 1912, enriching the Promenade with its Belle Époque architecture that not only occasioned its naming as a historical monument in 2003, but also the aura of a real museum of style,

elegantly mixing architectural visions dating from the times of Louis XIII with the most modern attributes.

Ancien Hôtel Régina

accuracy in details and was obviously meant to accommodate the aristocrats in the 19th century.

At the time of its decoration, following the most precious archi- tectural lines and interior design, the craftsmen in charge of the operation had to get as a result a building worthy of accommodating Queen Victoria. After 1930 the building was destined to house many residential apartments.

Le Maison d’Adam et Ève

Don’t expect to discover Paradise, but you will definitely be pleasantly surprised by this house.

Although the house itself is a simple construction, what brings out the best of it is the bas-relief decorating it, a creation of the year 1584 representing the two protagonists of the theatre of life in Eden.

Monument aux Morts

Located in the heart of the Colline du Château, the monument was raised

in order to remind the locals about the sacrifice that 4,000 soldiers made in Nice during the First World War.

Monument de Centenaire

This monument is standing proud in the garden of Albert I,

gladly reminding the city’s return to the territories of France in 1860 and the birth of the Alpes-Maritimes Department.

The Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral

It stands out not only by its mere presence in the Niçoise scenery,

but by the fact that this edifice is considered to be the biggest orthodox church from beyond Russian borders.

The Notre Dame Basilica in Nice

Despite the impressive gothic exterior, this basilica was built in 1868 by architect C.Lenomard.

Although it does not enjoy the same aura that usually surrounds old holy places, the basilica located in the new centre imposes itself by its grandeur, 

being considered the biggest and most modern church in Nice.  The two towers guarding it that measure 65 meters in height offer the church touch of sobriety and invites the respect of the locals and tourists in the area.

The Gésù Church

Also known as the Saint Jacques le Majeur Church, the history of this holy place began in 1607. It was finished only in 1642, offering another baroque style work of art to the city of Nice. The church has kept the same look from the beginning, no modifications having been made ever.

The interior amazes its visitors by the richness of decorations, especially by comparison with the other churches in town, its nave being somewhat similarly decorated to the Church of Jesus in Rome, the first Jesuit church of the Counter-Reform.

The resemblance is not accidental; after the completion of the construction, the church was offered to the Jesuit Order in Nice.

The St. Martin/St. Augustin Church

Another edifice adherent to the baroque style, the St. Martin Church built in 1405 was granted the well-deserved status of historical monument in 1946. Why well- deserved?

Besides the fact that it is one of the oldest churches in Nice, it used to host historical events such as Luther’s sermon held here in 1510, or the baptism of Giuseppe Garibaldi in 1897.

The St. Joan of Arc Church

Located far from the city centre but not far from the centre of attention, this church is a unique and also controversial presence in the city given its more than atypical aspect of architecture.

Finalized in 1933 but consecrated 32 years later, the construction is impressive by the massive use of concrete resulting in a white, immaculate look as well as by the three dominant domes and the 65-meter-tall tower appearing frightfully from among the domes. 

Many of the locals do not see its signification and cannot manage to find their way to it,

maybe because the architect Jaques Droz aligned this holy place to the modern architectural fashion or maybe because the believers are not ready for a Divinity living inside places that do not follow the regular pattern. All these reasons are only inciting to tourists who crowd to see the religious dilemma in Nice with their own eyes.

The St. Rita’s Church

A much smaller church hidden in Vieux Nice, St. Rita Church is dedicated to the protector of the desperate

(St. Rita herself had suffered from leprosy) and welcomes the visitor in search of secrets from the old city center with more of a sober exterior, even a little disappointing.

The interior, on the other hand, is an element of surprise approaching the baroque style. Built-in the 7th century, the church is a true revelation for people in search of historical religious sites.

The Notre Dame du Port Church

Standing tall over the Ile-de-Beauté square, the architecture of this church harmo- niously fits in the scenery and imposes itself through the four columns that are guarding the neoclassical facade and that remind of an ancient temple.

It was built between 1840 – 1853 (the columns were later added in 1893, but without “disturbing” the scenery) right in front of the city harbor. 

A statue of the Virgin Mary standing on the roof shows

that the patron of this church is the Immaculate Conception.

The believers are mostly attracted by its airy interior and to the high ceiling that gives the feeling of infinite space and of being so close to Divinity that your prayers will be heard as soon as you make them.

The Anglican Church

True to its name, this church was built for the English aristo- crats who had the Promenade des Anglais built in Nice.

Sheltered by a garden, the church sweetens the sober environment typical to a holy place with impressive stained-glass windows in the superior altar. Sometimes classical music or church choir concerts are organized here. The patron of the Anglican Church in Nice is the Holy Trinity.

The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Spyridon

Built in the typical Byzantine style, the church came in order to offer the Greek community members in the region a place where to find their tradi- tional faith.

Consecrated seven years later,

the church was enriched with a set of stained glass windows and a number of mural paintings all in the Byzantine style.

The Chapel of Compassion

Another baroque jewel of the old centre, the Chapelle de la Miséricorde was born in 1740 according to the plans of Bernardo Vittone.

The rich decor of the chapel con- taining frescos, details in gold, crystal chandeliers offers the city one of the most valuable proofs of the pure baroque style.

The Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre

Standing out through a mixture of the baroque and neoclassical architectural ele- ments, the chapel can be admired while having a walk through the Garibaldi Square.

It was dedicated to the Order of the Blue Penitents ,

giving credit to the remarkable architect Antoine Spinelli. Thanks to his architectural mastery, in 2000 the chapel was granted the status of the historical monument.

The Chapel of the Holy Cross

Although again a creation of Antoine Spinelli, the same artist who built the Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre, this chapel is different than its sister with its interior domi- nated by floral motives.

It was built in about the same period of time as the Holy Sepulchre Chapel, except that along the years it suffered a number of restorations that did not really affect the baroque architectural style. The chapel belongs to the Order of the White Penitents.

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