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Districts of Nice
Old Town (Vieille Ville)
Until the 1970â€™s Niceâ€™s Old Town was a decaying
slum seldom visited by tourists. Today it is one of the liveliest, most
colorful neighbors in the city, and is constantly filled with visitors.
Interesting old houses, baroque churches, and 17th-18th
century civic buildings have been restored.
Set above the town center, this was a
residential area for the wealthy in Roman times, and remains so today.
The Romans called it Cemenelum. Cimiez was the
capital of the Maritime Alps province. Within the district, a Roman
site has been excavated revealing the remains of an amphitheater and Roman
public baths. Housed in a nearby archeological museum are the treasures
Seafront (Promenade des AnglĂˇis)
Early in the 19th century the English
discovered the mild winters of the French Mediterranean coast. As
thousands flocked to Nice and surrounding area, afternoon strolls became
fashionable. The rocky footpaths bordering the sea proved unacceptable for
strolling ladies and gentlemen. In 1820, Reverend Lewis Way took the matter
in hand and inspired construction of a sweeping promenade planted with palm
trees and flowers. Thus was created â€śThe Englishmanâ€™s Walkâ€ť (Promenade des
Elegant, arcaded Place MassĂ©na is located
behind the Promenade des AnglĂˇis, and is considered by many to be at the
heart of the city. In the center of the square is a sparkling fountain from
which broad boulevards, lined with designer stores, extend. On both sides
of the square run more than a mile of gardens. Among these are the Jardin
Albert I and the Promenade du Paillon, a stepped garden filled with
azaleas, camellias and aromatic pines.
There is free admission offered to the museums of Nice on the first Sunday of
Carte MusĂ©es CĂ´te dâ€™Azur is
a pass which entitles the holder to visit 62 museums on the French Riviera for
the price of the pass.
Or buy a Carte
Passe-MusĂ©e from the local tourist office in Nicefor a 3-day pass, or 140 F
or a 4-day pass. There are no reductions for students or children. It will allow
you admission into seven of the city's largest museums.
Anatole Jakovsky International Museum Of Modern
Avenue de Fabron
04 93 71 78 33
10 a.m. - noon and 2 - 6
p.m., closed Tuesday and some holidays
Opened on 5 March 1982 in
the former residence of the perfumer FranĂ§ois Coty, this Museum owed its
existence to the large donation by Anatole and RenĂ©e Jakovsky: 600 paintings,
drawings, engravings and sculptures retracing the history worldwide of Modern
Art from the 18th century to the present. Works by Bauchant, Bombois, Rimbert,
SĂ©raphine... Croatian, Haitian, Brazilian artists... completed by a rich State
collection from the National Museum of Modern Art Centre Georges Pompidou.
Archaeology Museum Of Niceâ€“Cimiez
160, Avenue des ArĂ¨nes
04 93 81 59 57
10 -noon and 2 - 6. 1
April - 30 September; 10 - 1. and 2 - 5: 1 October - 31 March, closed Monday
and some holidays
Founded by Augustus in 14
BC, Cemenelum was, from the 1st to the 4th century, the capital of the Alpes
Maritimae province. You can visit the amphitheatre, the public baths (3rd
century AD), see the paved streets and the PalĂ¦ochristian Episcopal Group (5th
The Museum, inaugurated in
January 1989, offers collections ranging from the Bronze and Iron Age (1100 BC)
to the Dark Ages: ceramics, glass, coins, jewelry, sculptures, and tools.
Asian Arts Museum
405, Promenade des Anglais
04 92 29 37 00 - fax 04 92
29 37 01
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (6 p.m.
in summer), except Tuesday
Designed by the Japanese
architect Kenzo Tange, in the heart of Parc PhĹ“nix, in a subtle architecture of
glass and steel, this museum offers classical works and contemporary creations.
The tea pavilion evokes the aestheticism of the Zen ceremony.
Russe St-Nicolas Ă Nice
Av. Nicolas-II From the
central rail station, head west along av. Thiers to bd. Gambetta; then go north
to av. Nicolas-II. Off boulevard du TzarĂ©witch
May-Sept, daily 9-noon and
2:30-6; Oct-Apr, daily 9:30-noon and 2:30-5
Ordered built in 1903 by
Tsar Nicholas II, in memory of his son, Nicholas, who is buried on the grounds.
This is the most beautiful Orthodox edifice outside Russia and is the perfect
expression of Russian religious art abroad. It dates from the belle Ă©poque, when
some of the Romanovs frequented the Riviera. The cathedral is richly ornamented
and decorated with many icons. It is crowned by ornate onion-shaped domes.
Church services are held on Sunday morning.
Centre Du Patrimoine
(PrieurĂ© du Vieux-Logis)
59, Avenue St BarthĂ©lemy
04 93 84 44 74
Saturday and 1 Sunday each month, 3 - 5 or by appointment for groups
A late medieval interior
reconstructed in a 16th-century home with collections of 14th, 15th and
Fine Arts Museum (MusĂ©e des Beaux-Arts)
33 av. des Baumettes
Tues-Sun 10am-noon and
Bus: 3, 9, 12, 22, 23, or
The collection is housed
in the former residence of the Ukrainian Princess Kotchubey. There's an
important gallery devoted to the masters of the Second Empire and belle Ă©poque,
with an extensive collection of the 19th-century French experts. The gallery of
sculptures includes works by J. B. Carpeaux, Rude, and Rodin. Note the important
collection by a dynasty of painters, the Dutch Vanloo family. One of its
best-known members, Carle Vanloo, born in Nice in 1705, was Louis XV's premier
peintre. A fine collection of 19th- and 20th-century art is displayed,
including works by Ziem, Raffaelli, Boudin, Renoir, Monet, Guillaumin, and
Franciscan Museum, Church And Monastery Of Cimiez
Place du MonastĂ¨re
04 93 81 00 04
daily 10 a.m. - noon and 3
- 6 p.m., except Sunday and holidays.
A re-creation of the life
of Franciscan monks in Nice from the 13th to the 18th century intended as an
illustration of the spiritual and social message of Saint Francis of Assisi
through paintings, sculptures, engravings, illuminated manuscripts, frescoes,
reconstructed chapel and monkâ€™s cell, prayer-books on parchment.
164 Avenue des ArĂ¨nes de
04 93 81 08 08
open 10 - 6 1 April - 30
September and 10 - 5 1 October to 31 March, closed Tuesday and some holidays.
For annual closing: contact the Museum.
This completely renovated
17th-century Genoan-style villa in the heart of the olive grove in the Gardens
of Cimiez houses the personal collection of the great Fauvist painter who lived
in Nice from 1917 until his death in 1954.
Works from all periods of
his life offer a comprehensive panorama: from the first paintings made in 1890
to the famous gouache cutouts, 236 drawings, 218 engravings and the complete
presentation of the books illustrated by the artist.
Marc Chagall National Bibilical Message Museum
Avenue du Dr MĂ©nard,
corner of Boulevard de Cimiez
04 93 53 87 20
10 - 6 : 1 July to 30
September and 10 - 5 October to June (without interruption), closed Tuesdays
illustrated in 17 large paintings, sculptures, stained glass windows, mosaics
and tapestries, 205 preparatory sketches, 39 gouaches (1930), 105 engravings
(1956) and 215 lithographs.
Museum Of Art And
History (Palais MassĂ©na)
65, Rue de France and 35,
Promenade des Anglais
04 93 88 11 34,
Check first, as this museum has been closed for
In a splendid Empire
setting, the museum houses collections of late Gothic â€śPrimitiveâ€ť painters from
Nice and Europe, from the 15th to the 18th centuries, regional porcelain and
faĂŻence and a department reserved for local painters: watercolors, Napoleonic
Empire, MassĂ©na, and Garibaldi among others.
Museum Of Contemporary And Modern Art
Promenade des Arts
04 93 62 61 62
10 a.m. - 6 p.m., except
Tuesday and holidays
This original architecture
(four grey marble towers linked by transparent walkways) and a major permanent
collection trace the history of the European and American avant-garde since the
Tour Bellanda (Castle
04 93 80 47 61
10 - noon and 2 - 7. 1
June to 30 September and 10 a.m. - noon and 2 - 5 p.m. 1 October to 31 May,
closed Monday, Tuesday and some holidays
Closed from mid-November
Located in Tour Bellanda,
a listed historic monument, this museum has a large collection of weapons,
models of boats, instruments of navigation, engravings and paintings on the
theme of the sea.
15 rue Droite
Tues-Sun 10am-noon and
Bus: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 14,
16, or 17
The baroque Palais
Lascaris in the city's historic core is intimately linked to the
Lascaris-Vintimille family, whose recorded history predates the year 1261. Built
in the 17th century, it contains elaborately detailed ornamentation. An
intensive restoration undertaken by the city of Nice in 1946 brought back its
original beauty, and the palace is now classified as a historic monument. The
most elaborate floor is the Ă©tage noble, retaining many of its
18th-century panels and plaster embellishments. A circa-1738 pharmacy, complete
with many of the original Delftware accessories, is on the premises. Every
Wednesday between 2 and 4pm, the museum presents programs of appeal to children,
inviting craftspeople to show the details of how they accomplish their art forms
through live demonstrations.
Terra Amata Human Paleontology Museum
25, Boulevard Carnot
04 93 55 59 93
open daily 10 - noon and
2 - 6 , except Monday and some holidays.
Library by appointment
8:30 - 5
Reconstruction of a
prehistoric (Acheulean) occupation site, plaster casts, documents on the site of
an elephant huntersâ€™ camp in Nice 400,000 years ago.
Theatre De La Photographie Et De L'image
27, boulevard Dubouchage
04 93 80 11 00
free entrance from 10-12
and from 2-6
Closed Mondays and certain
The "ThĂ©Ă˘tre de la
Photographie et de l'Image" in the heart of Nice in the building which formerly
housed the "ThĂ©Ă˘tre de l'Artistique", has maintained its charm and elegance of
the Belle Epoque period. Its mission is to collect photographs of Nice and its
region by researching ancient documents but also sending photographers to
"report" on the city's human, urban, historic and industrial heritage.
20, Avenue Stephen
04 92 07 73 73,or 04 92 07
daily 1 - 7 July -
September and 1 - 6 October - June. Closed Mondays October - June
villa, surrounded by contemporary architecture of concrete and pebbles. This
site covers acres of terraces and gardens housing the National Art School and a
Contemporary Art Center and residence for artists.