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Nice, France

Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice at Night

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Today: 8:00pm-11:59pm
This Week
Cost: Free

Evening Calm

Built in 1864-1868, this Roman Catholic Neo-Gothic basilica is the largest church in Nice. Inspired by Angers Cathedral, its construction was motivated by a desire to "Frenchify" the city after the County of Nice was annexed to France from Italy, since at the time Gothic buildings were supposed to be characteristically French. Its most prominent features are the two square towers 65-meter tall towers, which dominate the east front together with a large rose window featuring scenes of the Assumption of Mary. At night, the basilica is illuminated magnificently, creating an ideal setting for its chamber orchestras and summer concerts. You might not be able to wander inside, but a stroll and some iconic pictures around the area more than make for a great evening.

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