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Notre-Dame de Nice, Musee Matisse, St. Jeanne d Arc Church, and Russian Orthodox Cathedral are the next landmarks in the review. Just like in the beginning of the review, we have prepared a collection of historic facts and some awesome photographs for each of these top architecture monuments of Nice. Don’t forget to admire the look of these sights from a bird’s eye view. This view is available in the flyover video of the architectural skyline of Nice. After such a guide, it won’t be a hassle to make up a great plan of a real-life excursion tour in Nice. Ready, steady, go!

Notre-Dame de Nice, Nice

» The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice is the biggest Roman Catholic church in Nice and one of the brightest attractions of the city.
»  As for its architecture, the basilica resembles Notre-Dame de Paris.
»  The basilica was built in 1868 by the project of famous architect Louis Lenormand.
»  Despite the fact that the church was built in a dark Gothic style. However, the cathedral looks festive. Its exterior is designed in golden and light gray.
»  The basilica has amazing acoustics, so, besides services, church and classical music concerts are often held in Notre-Dame de Nice.

Musee Matisse, Nice

» The Museum devoted to artist Henry Matisse deserves special attention. The museum is not only an art exhibition, but also a great artist’s house.
»  The museum collection includes not only his canvasses, but also his belongings. For example, you can see marble tables and Venetian rocking chairs here.
»  In total, the museum collection includes 236 drawings, 70 sculptures and a lot of paintings that depict the life of the great genius.
»  Near the museum, there is a small hotel named “Regina”. Matisse spent the last years of his life here. The view of the city the windows have inspired the artist for new works.

St. Jeanne d Arc Church, Nice

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Facts: » The church named after the Maid of Orleans was built in 1979.
»  The place for the construction of a new church was chosen not accidentally as it is here where Giovanna d'Arco was burned alive.
»  The church exterior is very unique so the building is unlike traditional temples.
»  The church resembles a fire with its shape. It symbolizes the heroine of France burned alive.
»  The construction lacks strict lines. The roof covering resembles scales.

Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Nice

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Facts: » The Cathedral of St. Nicholas is an Orthodox church in Nice and one of the most famous attractions on the city.
»  According to the media, the cathedral is the biggest Orthodox temple in Western Europe.
»  The construction lasted from 1903 to 1912. At that time, the cathedral was under the Orthodox Russian Church.
»  The Romanovs’ generosity was reflected in the choice of construction materials. These were Italian granite, gilded crosses and dome, German bricks and facade mosaics from Florence.
»  The main relic of the temple is the miraculous icon of St. Nicholas. When the relics of St. Nicholas were transferred, the faded picture on the icon started brightening. Soon, everyone could see the miraculous icon of St. Nicholas with Christ and the Mother of God on both sides.
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