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Cathédrale Saint-Nicolas (Russian Orthodox Cathedral), Nice

Cathédrale Saint-Nicolas (Russian Orthodox Cathedral), Nice (must see)

Besides being the local home of the Russian Orthodox faith in Nice, this is also a national monument of France. It was constructed in the year 1912, and it is the largest single church of this particular faith tradition outside of the borders of Russia. The building owes its start to Tsar Nicholas II, who started visiting the area in and around this same time period. This warm weather area of France had become popular among English nobles as well. Once the railway reached the town, it was not long till the Tsar came to visit. He continued to come here his whole life. Many other well to do Russians also came through the years to settle here.

On another note, the church is also a bit controversial, because it still has religious connections to the Orthodox Church that is located in Constantinople, the old seat of the late Roman Empire. So, it is not officially connected to the Russian Church of Moscow. As such, there have been lots of disputes as to who actually owns this remarkable facility. In many respects, the battle represents some of the tension that exists between the Russian people who have lived in Nice for years, and the new wave of Russians that have come in the last 20 years or so.

Why You Should Visit:
To admire a piece of Russia in France – for free, although guided tours are also available.
It's also the largest Orthodox cathedral in Western Europe and a meeting place of Orthodox believers from ex-soviet republics.

Tip:
Entry is not allowed if you're wearing shorts or tank-tops.
If afterward you want to indulge in something sweet, check out the nearby Boulangerie L'Impériale, where you can taste fine French treats accompanied by a good coffee.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Cathédrale Saint-Nicolas (Russian Orthodox Cathedral)
Sight Location: Nice, France
Sight Type: Religious
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