Religious Building Walking Tour, Nice (Self Guided)

Catholicism is the main religion in France. Besides Catholic churches there are other churches of other religions including Orthodox, Anglican, Baptist, Evangelistic, Protestant and others. Take the following tour to discover the churches of Nice.
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Religious Building Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Religious Building Walking Tour
Guide Location: France » Nice (See other walking tours in Nice)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 km
Author: jenny
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Notre Dame Auxiliatrice de Nice Church

1) Notre Dame Auxiliatrice de Nice Church

This very old church is the home of one of the smallest parishes in Nice. You can visit the location on Don Bosco road, and it is located near the high school there. It has a fair bit of historical significance though, as it represents the very first church built in the country by the Salesian religious order. The group was organized by Don Bosco in 1859 in Turin.

The designer of the church was Jules Lefebvre. It was also worked on by Marius Deporta. It is noted in the some of the historical documents surrounding the construction of the building that the designers wanted to make it look a lot like Notre Dame Raincy Church of Auguste Perrett.

The architecture is can be classified as art deco. In looking at the outside of the building, one might think that they were visiting a villa of France. Once you get inside, though, you will find one of the largest sanctuaries of any church in the city. The painting of the Way of the Cross that was done on the inside was the inspiration of Eugene Doucet. It took over ten years to paint. You will also want to take note of the beautiful and colorful ceiling of the church. It has a blue and gold colored cross painted across a total surface area of over 2600 feet. It is quite breathtaking.
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St. Martin St. Augustin Church

2) St. Martin St. Augustin Church

This is a beautiful old church that can be found on the northern end of the Old City part of Nice. It is often overlooked as a tourist attraction, probably because of it location at the edges of the historical part of town.

The house of worship was constructed in 1837. It is a classic example of Italian Baroque architecture, which was quite the rage of the time of the building of the site. On the site, you will want to see the Pieta that was done around the 15th Century. It was designed by Louis Brea. He is also well known for his work on the Monetary owned by Franciscans, called Cimiez. The work is done in the Italian Renaissance tradition, and is quite stunning to say the least.

One of the other things that you will want to know about this old church is that it has hardly changed since its last renovation in the 1800s. It is not often that you can still view a church in Europe that has not undergone some type of modern redesign for construction for the sake of preservation.
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Chapelle de la Misericorde

3) Chapelle de la Misericorde

To fully appreciate the beauty of the churches of Nice, you will also want to look at some of the lovely chapels built in the city. The Chapelle de la Misericorde is a beautiful example of old town architecture. It is located along the Promenade des Anglais. You will need to travel down to the Quai des Etats-Unis to find it.

The building has been owned by the Brotherhood of Black Penitents for many years. The Order dates all the way back to the 1400s, and are still a prominent such religious group within the Roman Catholic Church.

This chapel sets where the old Theatins had their first chapel in 1674. At the time, it was called the Chapel of St. Gaetan. The current structure was not worked on in earnest until the 1700s, when it formal construction began. The Brotherhood purchased the location in 1828, and has owned it since that time.

It is a classic example of Italian Baroque art. One of the most striking things about the design is how light and dark play against each other in the building, accentuating some of the religious symbols in the building. The altars in the chapel also date back to the 1400s, so you will want to see them on your visit.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate

4) Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate (must see)

The Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate is one of the most interesting and beautiful cathedrals in Nice. It is built on the site of a small church that dates back circa 1200. Built in the middle 17th century, and dedicated in 1699, the building is magnificent. It contains 10 chapels, that were maintained by private families, and three organs.

The name comes from a young Palestinian boy who was martyred for his Christian faith. Sainte-Réparate was 15 when he was beheaded and his body set adrift in a small vessel. According to legend, the boat floated up to the shores of Nice and he is now buried at the cathedral.

There have been additions over the years; the Baroque facade was added in the early 1800s. This hides the original cupola which is still there, but a bit hard to see. However, the cupola is covered in colored tiles and is beautiful standing guard over the transept.

The inside also carries on the Baroque theme with plentiful use of marble and gold. The barrel ceilings only add to the huge splendor of the cathedral which is built in the style of the Latin cross. This is definitely a must see when in Nice.

Why You Should Visit:
Fabulous interior and the decor is a wonder to behold. You can spend a very happy hour roaming, sitting and contemplating in this most peaceful setting.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-12pm / 2-6pm; Sat: 9am-12pm / 2-7:30pm; Sun: 9am-1pm / 3-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Basilique Notre-Dame

5) Basilique Notre-Dame (must see)

The Notre Dame Church of Nice is the largest of the churches located in the city. It is also one of the main Old Town attractions, representing the first of the churches built in the area in a more modern architectural style. You can find the building on Avenue Jean Medecin, in the very heart of that part of Nice.

By far, most of the religious buildings in Nice have been designed in an Italian Baroque manner. So, in 1848, when the Eglise Notre-Dame was built, its very Gothic style represented something totally new. The design was created by the famous C. Lenormand. The style lends an old and majestic kind of look to this house of worship that transcends the building's actual age.

The Avenue Jean Medecin is a very busy street in old Nice; therefore, it shouldn't be too difficult for anyone to find things to do along its whole length, making a stop at the famous church a must-do for the day's travel.

Why You Should Visit:
The architecture is impressive, especially when the exterior is lit up at night and reflects in the glass windows next door and across the street.
Serene, with beautiful rose windows and stained glass on the inside, it offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Nice.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8:30am-12pm / 2:30-7pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Cathédrale Saint-Nicolas (Russian Orthodox Cathedral)

6) Cathédrale Saint-Nicolas (Russian Orthodox Cathedral) (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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St. Etienne Church

7) St. Etienne Church

This local church is dedicated to St. Stephen. It is located very close to the famous train station located in town. You will need to travel to the intersection of Avenue de la Liberation and the Avenue Malaussena to find it. This particular location is in the new part of the city of Nice, which has been undergoing a lot of growth recently.

The church is very modern in design, and helps to accentuate the newer style architecture that has happened in this section of the city. There are two sections, often called colonnades, that make up the central structure of the building.

Perhaps the most striking part of this art deco style church is the stained glassed windows that adorn the structure. There is a pleasing design of flowers built into the windows, which are very harmonious with the geometric patterns that are also included in the windows.

If you visit the church in the morning, you may also want to visit the marketplace that happens on the Avenue de la Liberation every day of the week. It makes for a nice morning tourist stop that can be done easily in two hours.
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Sainte Jeanne d'Arc Church

8) Sainte Jeanne d'Arc Church

This is one of the local Roman Catholic parishes located in the city. The building pays tribute to their favorite saint, Joan of Arc. It is also one of the most unusual style churches that you will find anywhere in France, because the overall design is a radical departure from the more classical churches to be found elsewhere in town. In fact, the church is still quite controversial among the locals, often being described as a “bee hive shape.” There is beautiful white stone that has been used in the construction of the building also, which has led to the other nickname for this place: the Meringue.

In terms of pure style, this is a great example of art deco. The construction of this place started in 1914, and was led by the famous Frenchman Jacques Droz. Two crypts were built over time. In 1932, a basement was added over these structures, and the three large domes were added later. The height of the largest dome reaches 84 feet into the air. It accentuates the large steeple, which towers above the city of Nice at over 200 feet. On the inside, you will find some beautiful artwork by Eugene Klementieff, who painted the Stations of the Cross into a fresco.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Nice, France

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Historic Buildings Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.1 km
Kids Entertainment Tour

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Nice is a very interesting city with activities for all ages and tastes. There are museums, galleries, historical buildings and theaters for people who love art in all its forms. For younger crowds there are clubs, pubs, bars and parks. There are also places for families that parents and children can enjoy. Take the following tour to discover the most popular attractions for kids.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 km
Art Galleries Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
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Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.2 km
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km

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