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Cathedrale Sainte Reparate

Nice's cathedral is one of the city's architectural gems, honouring its patron saint.

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Don’t miss a visit to Fenocchio Glacier in Place Rosetti, which serves the very best ice cream in town.

The breath of angels

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.


New light

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.

Nearby Attractions

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Nice Old Town
Vieux Nice is the city’s picturesque Italianate district, with flower and food markets, narrow streets and piazzettas.
Le Cours Saleya
A busy and beautiful open-air market in the heart of Nice’s Old Town.
Opéra de Nice
Nice’s opera house is one of the most spectacular buildings in the city, and hosts world-class classical concerts.
Palais Lascaris
A magnificent collection of musical instruments housed in a stunning Baroque palace.
Chapelle de la Miséricorde
Chapelle de la Miséricorde is a beautiful Baroque church inside and out, dating from the mid-18th century.
Place du Palais de Justice
At the heart of Vieux Nice, Place du Palais de Justice is a wonderful display of the city's Neoclassical heritage.

Related Tours

Historic Old Town on Foot
Colourful Old Town

Discover Nice’s Old Town, by wandering the many colourful lanes and marketplaces accompanied by your expert local guide. This Italian-influenced district offers a distinctive Mediterranean flavour, complete with tall pastel buildings and long lines of washing stretching from window to window.  


During your tour you will explore the elegant square Masséna, see the many quaint boutique stores, the Opera de Nice, and the Palace Square, home to the stunning Palace of Justice. On the colorful Saleya Square, you will have time to enjoy the famous flower market stalls and some of the many local delicacies on offer.

Hidden Baroque 

Those of you who love the Baroque, will not be disappointed. Old Town boasts many architectural gems including: the Cathedrale Sainte Reparate, which honours the city’s patron saint; Chapelle de la Miséricorde; and 17th-century Palais Lascaris, one of the most beautiful buildings in Nice. Not to be missed, at the border of Old Town, where the streets get narrower, you will find the gorgeous Place Garibaldi, the largest square in Nice designed by Antonio Spinelli.

The Old Town has some great eateries, old-fashioned bakeries, classic Italian ice-cream parlors and chocolate stores. You will have time to try it all as well as to take wonderful photos of old Italian Nice. You will also have the pleasure of walking along the Promenade des Anglais to view the many historic highlights this area boasts, including the magnificent Hôtel Negresco and art deco Palais de la Méditerranée. 

Sublime Views

You will also have the pleasure of visiting Mont Boron, where you will enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Bay of Angels and Nice Old Town. You will then move on to explore the Castle Hill, original site of the trading town founded by the Greeks 2,500 years ago. 
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