Notre-Dame de Nice

Nice, France

The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice was built between 1864 and 1868. It was designed by Louis Lenormand and is the largest church in Nice, but is not the cathedral.

Inspired by Angers Cathedral, it is built in the Neo-Gothic style. Its construction was motivated by a desire to frenchify the city after the County of Nice was annexed to France from Italy, and at the time Gothic buildings were supposed to be characteristically French. Its most prominent features are the two square towers 65 m high, which dominate the east front together with a large rose window featuring scenes of the Assumption of Mary.

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Rue d'Italie 2, Nice, France
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Founded: 1864-1868
Category: Religious sites in France

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Pui Tsui (2 years ago)
Liked it.Liked people making items from reeds and olive plants
kinga karacson (2 years ago)
Beautiful gothic cathedral very similar to the one in Paris.
Alan Pembshaw (2 years ago)
A haven from the hustle and bustle of the shopping/commercial area of Nice. A more modern interpretation of a gothic cathedral with many lovely stained glass windows. If visiting the churches in Nice, don't forget the other cathedral and parish churches in the old city.
patrick cleary (2 years ago)
A must see for the conniseur of fine medieval type church buildings. A magnificent replica of Notre Dame in beautiful Paris.
Sanet Lopes (2 years ago)
What a spectacular vist beautiful must see very old can visit at night nicely lit up love it
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