Don’t miss a visit to Fenocchio Glacier in Place Rosetti, which serves the very best ice cream in town.
Built in the Old Town between 1650 and 1699, Nice Cathedral - or Basilique-Cathédrale Sainte-Marie et Sainte-Réparate de Nice - is the Baroque centrepiece to religious life in the city.
The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Réparate, patron saint to the city and diocese of Nice, who was martyred in Caesarea, Palestine, in the 3rd century. Legend has it that her body was placed in a boat and blown by angels’ breath to Nice, giving the Baie des Anges its name.
While Sainte Réparate looks modest from the outside, the Baroque interior is impressive, colourful and filled with light. Eight years of restoration were completed in 2015, leaving things brighter than ever.
Its 39 metre cupola features Genoese-style varnished tiles, and beautiful stained-glass windows added in 1900. The ten chapels feature a number of paintings and sculptures including an 18th-century polychrome pietà and work by Raimondi, a famous niçois sculptor; until the end of the 17th century, there was a guild responsible for the maintenance of each separate chapel. The cathedral is set in the busy square of Place Rosetti - come here to cool down and enjoy some peace and quiet away from the bustle.
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