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The Notre-Dame Basilica was built in the 1860s, shortly after Nice was incorporated into France after the Second Italian War of Independence.
Getting To Know The Basilica
Don't leave the church without admiring its magnificent building. With its 3 porches, its rose-window, its twin-bay, Notre-Dame in Nice looks like Notre-Dame in Paris. There are 2 statues of the Virgin Mary, one at the top of the church, the other in the front of the rose-window, 2 towers 31 meters high stand in the sky. No sculptures in the frontage due to a lack of money. In 1944 the sculptor GALLO places the statue of Notre-Dame de la Libération on the central portal. The style of the choir is similar to Saint-Serge Abbey church, the 3 aisles of the same height, 12 lateral chapels and 7 apse-chapels. The stained-glass windows in the choir, made in 1868, show the Coronation of the Virgin, with Saint-Joseph, Saint Joachim, Saint Paul, Saint Raphaël, Saint Gabriel, the Patriarchs, and the Apostles. The stained-glass windows of the chapels are “gifts” from generous persons at the end of the 19th century. It's a must thing to do at Notre Dame De Nice.
The stained-glass windows are a must thing to see during your Notre Dame De Nice tour. These windows were made by three talented glass-makers. Champigneule's works are in the lateral chapels and in the first apse, showing biblical scenes and Jesus life. Today, their lower part is not visible, but some future outside works will make them visible. Marechal's works are in the choir apses, the most important stained-glass windows with splendid bright colors. Probably Marechal has made the rose-window showing Alpha- Omega with all around the 12 Apostles. Now hidden by the organ, the rose-window usually reflects the light directed towards the central aisle, creating a magnificent light. The last one is Benoit Brother's works, which are in the upper part of the windows all along the central aisle, in a contemporary style and placed in 1956 to replace simple glasses. Recently all the stained-glass windows have been restored by two glass-makers, Florence LAUGIER et Jean-Pierre BELLION. The workshop of Florence Laugier was founded in 1863 by Joseph FASSI, previously located in villa Vittoria-Magnan and now rue Boissy d'Anglas.
The style of the church is “neo-gothic” like the Abbey-church Saint-Serge in Angers. At this time, it was necessary to give a French style to the buildings of Nice and to modernize the city. The goal is to satisfy the demands of the generous donors and to take in consideration the urban development of Nice.
How to Get Tickets?
It is free to enter and do Notra Dame De Nice tour, but please be respectful of masses and other ceremonies. If you wish to donate to the upkeep of the building there are collection boxes near the doors.
How To Get Around?
The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice is on Avenue Jean-Médecin in the centre of Nice, near to the Etoile shopping centre and Gare Thiers train station. It's so easy to get around as it is located in the city center. The best way to get around is by walking or cycling. You can also take a bus or train to the other attractions nearby.
What Should I Wear?
Please note that Notre Dame De Nice is a religious site, it is important to be respectful when you are here as there are still masses and other ceremonies being held in this place. Dress modestly and cover your shoulder and knees when visiting.
Best Time to Visit
The Notre Dame De Nice tour can be done at any time of the year. The church is open to public at 8:30AM–12PM and 2:30–7PM. There is a public mass everyday at 6PM.
Will I Need a Guide?
You can find everything you need to know about visiting Notre Dame De Nice on this website, therefore you won't need a guide to explore it.
How To Get There?
The church is located strategically, only 10 minutes from central square. You can either walk or ride a bike here. A hundred bus lines run throughout the entire metropolis during the day and the Noctambus' lines (there are 5 of them) run at night. This could also be an option to enjoy the things to do at Notre Dame De Nice.
Please be respectful when you're inside the church, there are people praying and doing confessions every day. Do not yell, leave your trash, or curse inside the church.