The full program for the Journées du Patrimoine (Heritage Days) is finally available with ALL the special visits scheduled for September 17-19. (See here for the partial program in English). Everything is FREE but for many events a reservation is necessary. Don’t delay! Note that a “Pass Sanitaire” or negative Covid test will be required. Some sites may require ID and/or a passage through a metal detector to gain entry.

Don’t think that it’s all about visiting stuffy museums and listening to lectures in French! There are plenty of activities for kids of all ages as well as special dance, musical and theatrical presentations. If you’ve ever wondered what Nice’s traditional language, Nissart, sounds like you’ll want to listen in on some of the short tours conducted in that language. I believe it’s the first time the city has included this feature. 

Following are just a few of my favorites:

ATELIER CUISINE NIÇOISE
2, rue du Sénat
Saturday and Sunday 10h-12.30 and 14h to 18h
A great way to discover Nice cuisine right in Old Nice.

LA VILLA LES PALMIERS
Saturday and Sunday 10h-18h

The fabulous Palais du Marbre harbors the Municipal Archives. Entry to the gardens is always available (as I detail in Nice Uncovered) but the elaborate interior is normally closed. It’s definitely worth a trek to West Nice and makes a good starting point to look around the rest of the neighborhood.

FORUM D’URBANISME ET DARCHITECTURE
89, route de Turin
Saturday 9.30h-11h
The former slaughterhouse has been transformed into a contemporary art gallery, Le 109,  and will present a special “Visites chorégraphiques d’architecture” Saturday morning. I don’t know what it is either but it sounds original.

PALAIS DES ROIS SARDES
Place Pierre Gautier
Saturday 9h-12h and 14h-17h
The Palais de la Préfecture features prominently in my Old Town tour because it was the center of government when the Dukes of  Savoy ruled Nice. The interior is spectacular but line up well in advance as this is a popular visit.

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CAMPUS DE TROTABAS
Faculté de Droit et Science politique
Avenue du Doyen Louis Trotabas
04 89 15 25 00
The Chagall mosaic makes this a worthwhile stop especially as it’s normally closed to the public.

CAMPUS DE VALROSE
28, avenue Valrose
Saturday and Sunday 14h-17h
The Valrose estate dates from the heyday of Cimiez in the late 19th century when Queen Victoria wintered in the neighborhood. It’s normally closed to the public (only students and faculty members may enter) and is well worth the trip up to Cimiez. 

You can find the full program (in French) here.

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Mid-September is the very best time to dig deeply into Nice culture during the Journées du Patrimoine which are part of the European Journées du Patrimoine.  For one weekend, the city schedules a series of tours and events that showcase its heritage. This year the Heritage Days fall on September 18 and 19. There’s a lot going on in Nice that weekend! I’m told that there may be a few more special historical sites open to the public which will be publicized on Monday September 13. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, check out these activities and do reserve in advance  when indicated. (Note that the guided visits are in French.)

Archives Nice Côte d´Azur, Palais de Marbre
Walking tour: “In the footsteps of the Gastaud domain”
Walking tour from the Marble Palace to the Naïve Art Museum
Departure in front of the entrance to the Palais de Marbre – municipal archives of Nice. In the company of a tour guide from the City of Art and History service, history unfolds.
After 1860, the city developed towards the west. The Fabron hill is home to sumptuous residences surrounded by gardens with exotic vegetation. Among these properties, come and discover two converted into cultural establishments.
Sunday, September 19 – 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
7 avenue de Fabron, Nice

Notre-Dame Basilica
Concert “Heritage and transmission”
Concert Elizabeth Vidal, coloratura soprano, André Cognet, bass baritone, and young prodigies
Works by Verdi, Mozart, Donizetti, Saint-Saëns, Grieg, Chopin, Ravel …
Accompanied by several young virtuosos from the region including those of the program Prodiges broadcast on France 2, Elizabeth Vidal and André Cognet who lead a career on the big international stages while devoting themselves to the transmission of their art, offer you the greatest gems of opera. This concert combines, at the highest level, the talent emerging from childhood with the deep experience of established artists.
Free entry
Sunday September 19 – 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
37bis av Jean Médecin

Literature, Arts and Human Sciences Library
Guided tour of the literary heritage collections
Since 1973, the library has housed exceptional literary archives, from Henri Bosco, a Provençal and Moroccan writer, to Michel Butor and Henri Maccheroni, creators of the Villa Arson.
Due to the unforeseeable evolution of the health situation, the conditions can be consulted at https://bu.univ-cotedazur.fr/fr
Saturday September 18 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
100 boulevard Edouard Herriot 06200 Nice

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Heritage Center – The Senate
“Reflection of inventory” exhibition
Conference in connection with Nice’s candidacy for inscription on the Unesco World Heritage List
The exhibition presents the mission of the inventory at the national level by illustrating it through the work in the Nice field. Mirroring the discovery of remarkable built and landscaped elements linked to the theme of the resort, this exhibition also offers a few views of contemporary artists on the forms of the city.
Free entry
Saturday September 18 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday September 19 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
14 rue Jules Gilly, 06000 Nice

Mediterranean University Center (CUM)
Conference “Architectures of the Promenade des Anglais”
Free entry
Saturday September 18 – 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
65 promenade des Anglais 06000 Nice

Guided bus tour: the Promenade des Anglais
Bus ride: the Promenade des Anglais
A bus ride, with a tour guide from the City of Art and History service, to broaden your horizons and understand how the resort has shaped the urban development of Nice.
Departure: Albert 1er / Phocéens bus stop, corner of the Promenade des Anglais and avenue des Phocéens.
Mandatory reservation
Saturday September 18 – 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Saturday September 18 – 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 19 – 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Sunday September 19 – 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
04 92 00 41 90
avenue des Phocéens, 06000 Nice

Church of Saint-François-de-Paule
Young Talents Concert
On the program: harps and string quartet, solo piano, solo sax, guitar duo
The City of Art and History department, in collaboration with the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Nice, is pleased to present young high-level musicians to you. Come and witness the beginnings of their future great artistic career and share their enthusiasm and their love of music!
Free entry
Saturday September 18 – 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
9 rue Saint-François-de-Paule 06000 Nice

Faculty of Law and Political Science – Côte d´Azur University
Discover the site of the Faculty of Law and Political Science and its rich heritage.
Come and see the monumental mosaic by Marc Chagall and the Villa Passiflore, the cradle of higher education on the French Riviera.
Saturday September 18 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
avenue du Doyen Louis Trotabas, 06000 Nice

Fort of Mont Alban
Guided tour
Fort of Mont-Alban. Guided tours every 30 minutes. Not accessible to people with reduced mobility; child under adult responsibility.
The drawbridge is lowered, the brilliance of armor, the flame of a wick, the silhouette of a soldier in the shadow of a watchtower, the scale of a fortification which rises. Do you hear the eddies of history?
Guided tours every 30 minutes
Saturday September 18 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturday September 18 – 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 19 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sunday September 19 – 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Mount Alban

Heritage Center – The Senate
“Reflection of inventory” exhibition
Conference in connection with Nice’s candidacy for inscription on the Unesco World Heritage List
The exhibition presents the mission of the inventory at the national level by illustrating it through the work in the Nice field. Mirroring the discovery of remarkable built and landscaped elements linked to the theme of the resort, this exhibition also offers a few views of contemporary artists on the forms of the city.
Free entry
Saturday September 18 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday September 19 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
14 rue Jules Gilly, 06000 Nice

Mediterranean University Center (CUM)
Conference “Architectures of the Promenade des Anglais”
Free entry
Saturday September 18 – 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
65 promenade des Anglais 06000 Nice

 

Town Planning and Architecture Forum
Choreographic tour of architecture presented by the Compagnie Antipodes
The Urbanism and Architecture Forum has joined forces with the Compagnie Antipodes, both located at 109, to offer an original tour of the former municipal slaughterhouses, at the crossroads of the history of strong architecture and the experimental reading of it through bodies.
When it opened in 1962, this group of buildings on a two-hectare site was testimony to a unique industrial architecture mobilizing the most avant-garde technologies, in both their design and their operation. With the 109, the old slaughterhouses as a place of social memory are now projected into a new existence and a new frequentation as a multidisciplinary cultural place. Accompanied by an architect-mediator, come and dive into the history of the site through the story of the trades formerly exercised, along a stroll of architectural discovery of this remarkable place, both in terms of its size and its formal qualities. Throughout the discovery, four dancers and a musician will offer a series of choreographic performances in the interstices of the place, using their bodies to shed poetic light on these buildings which keep track of their past activities. In addition to the direct correspondence between body and architecture on the principle of an “inhabited architecture”, this new initiative crossed with contemporary dance reflects the wish of the Forum to be ever more open to interdisciplinary collaborations.
Mandatory reservation
Saturday September 18 – 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Saturday September 18 – 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
forum@ville-nice.fr, 04 97 13 31 51
89, Route de Turin, 06300 Nice

Galeries Lafayette Nice Massena
Discovering Galeries Lafayette Nice Masséna
Come (Re) discover the history of the iconic department store at Place Masséna on the occasion of European Heritage Days.
For the 38th edition of the EHD, Galeries Lafayette Nice Masséna invites you to browse the store with a different perspective and discover new places! This year you will also be able to participate in the creation of a collaborative work by sharing your memories and experiences in this large store for all.
Meet under the arcades of the store
Free visit, registration required. Groups limited to 8 people Duration: 1 hour
Saturday September 18 – 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Saturday September 18 – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Saturday September 18 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Saturday September 18 – 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
ebouquet@galerieslafayette.com
Place Massena 06000 Nice

Nice-Ville train station
Guided tour aboard the Train des Merveilles
From Nice to Tende, discover the villages perched or nestled in the hollow of the valleys of Paillon, Bévéra and Roya, and  discover the jewels of the Piedmontese baroque art.
Purchase of a transport ticket
Saturday September 18 – 9:15 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.
Sunday September 19 – 9:15 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.
Avenue Thiers 06000 Nice

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Nice-ville train station
Exhibition of historic locomotives at the Nice-Ville SNCF station
Since the 90s, TGVs have become kings, ousting the “classic trains” (a locomotive and passenger cars) from our stations. The exhibition of these two historic locomotives recalls that before the generalization of modern TGVs and TERs, trains from the 1960s to 2000s in the Southern Region and throughout France were towed by powerful and efficient locomotives. They have, in their time, brought the modernism of the railway between the end of the steam locomotives and the era of the TGV.
Hence the interest in keeping the memory and rediscovering them during this exhibition.
Free visit, outdoors only due to sanitary conditions.
Saturday September 18 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Saturday September 18 – 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday September 19 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Sunday September 19 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Avenue Thiers 06000 Nice

Lazaret cave
Free visit of the prehistoric cave of Lazaretto throughout the day.
With its sedimentary filling more than 7 m thick with an age of between 190,000 and 120,000 years and covering almost the entire glacial cycle (Late Middle Pleistocene, MIS 6), the Lazaret cave – property of the Alpes-Maritimes department and classified as a historic monument in 1963 – is a prehistoric site of international scientific and cultural interest.
How to book introductory archaeological excavation workshops:
04 89 04 36 00, lazaret@departement06.fr
Free entry, subject to availability
Friday September 17 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Friday September 17 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday September 18 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday September 19 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
33 bis, boulevard Franck Pilatte 06300 Nice

Nice Mairie
Guided tours of the Town Hall of Nice
From a seminary to a prison to a hospital that became Town Hall in 1868, this 18th century building has never stopped changing. What scenery does it show today? Guided tours every 30 minutes.
Saturday September 18 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Saturday September 18 – 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday September 19 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Sunday September 19 – 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. “
5 rue de l’Hotel de Ville 06300 Nice

Nice Archaeological Museum / Cimiez
Historical reenactment: Emperor Hadrian and his court arriveing at Cemenelum
The Augustus Caesar Praetoria historical re-enactment group immerses us in the splendor of the imperial court of the 2nd century AD.
Saturday September 18 – 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
160 avenue des arènes. 06000 Nice

Museum of Fine Arts
Conference “Anne and James Thomson, or the art of living on the hill of Baumettes”
American couple Anne and James Thomson rocked the palace housing the museum with lavish parties. Discover these Belle Epoque personalities with Véronique Thuin-Chaudron.
Free admission, limited seating available
Saturday September 18 – 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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I’m so proud of the congratulatory letter I received from Mayor Christian Estrosi after he received a copy of Nice Uncovered: Walks Through the Secret Heart of a Historic CityThere’s nothing like being personally congratulated by a city’s mayor after you write about his city. I particularly like this sentence:

11 témoigne du profond attachement que vous avez pour notre belle cite, enracinée dans
l ‘histoire du Comte de Nice et ouverte sur le monde .

Translation: It  testifies to the deep attachment you have for our beautiful city, rooted in the story of the County of Nice and open to the world.

Here is a copy of the letter:

Poster for Aug 28 commemorative ceremony

On August 28, 1944, local Nice Resistance fighters launched an insurrection against the German occupation, pushing Germans out of the city by the end of the day. Fighting was fierce throughout the city and led to the death of 32 Nice soldiers. Two days later, an American armored column from Saint-Laurent du Var arrived in the city, securing its liberation.

For the 77th anniversary of its liberation this coming Saturday, Nice will pay tribute to the fallen in a solemn procession throughout town. Beginning at 8am at the Mairie (5 rue de l’Hotel de Ville), the procession will pass the commemorative plaques of resistance fighters before culminating in a ceremony at the Monument aux Morts. Naturally Mayor Christian Estrosi and other local dignitaries will be present. Anyone can join the procession at any point.

Following are the other stops along the route:

  • 8:40 am – level crossing, 2 boulevard de Cessole
  • 9:10 am – Place du Général de Gaulle, corner Raiberti
  • 9.45 a.m. – place Auguste Blanqui, 55 boulevard Pierre Sola

And, the day will finish with a fireworks display at 10pm on the Quai des Etats-Unis

There are other places that commemorate Nice’s resistance fighters. Check out the Clock Tower on the Place du Palais de Justice which displays a plaque commemorating the deaths of two Italian-born Resistance fighters who died on the same day.

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Nice is now a World Heritage Site! UNESCO awarded Nice its coveted status  27 July 2021. It’s been a long process, begun in 2012 by Mayor Christian Estrosi. In January 2020 the French government formally submitted the candidacy of Nice for UNESCO consideration.

Promenade des Anglais, Nice

Why is Nice a World Heritage Site?

Nice has convinced UNESCO that a chunk of the city center is of Outstanding Universal Value. According to the World Heritage Committee, the objective of inscription on the World Heritage List is to “recognize and protect sites that are outstanding demonstrations of human coexistence with the land as well as human interactions, cultural coexistence, spirituality and creative expression”.

So what is so outstanding about Nice? Leisure and tourism. According to Franck Riester, formerly French Culture Minister “Nice’s nomination. . . underlines the heritage value of a previously unknown form of urban development: cosmopolitan and leisure-focused. From the late 18th century onwards, Nice was the scene of the invention of an important aspect of modern life.”

It sure was. As readers of Nice Uncovered: Walks Through the Secret Heart of a Historic City have learned, British tourists began drifting down to Nice in the late 18th century, shortly after Scotsman Tobias Smollett published his bestseller Travels Through France and Italy in 1766. 

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By the beginning of the 19th century the trickle of British visitors had turned into a steady stream. They holidayed in what is now the Carré d’Or and raised money to build a seaside walk that eventually became the Promenade des Anglais.

Nice’s 19th-century rulers, the Dukes of Savoy, quickly recognized the potential of their “distinguished foreign visitors” that grew to include Russians, Germans and Americans.  From the mid-19th century onwards, every urbanization decision they made was aimed at increasing the comfort and enjoyment of holiday-makers.  Foreign tourists liked exotic vegetation? Let’s plant the Prom with palm trees! Foreign tourists liked gardens? The Jardin Albert 1er became a 19th-century seaside park while the ruins of the old Chateau became a luscious hilltop park. 

Fontaine des Tritons, Jardin Albert 1er
Fontaine des Tritons, Jardin Albert 1er

Their urban planning commission, the Consiglio d’Ornato, launched a city urbanization project that included everywhere foreigners were likely to go:  the rue St François-de-Paule, the neighborhoods to the west and north of Vieux Nice, the Quartier des Musiciens, Port Lympia, the extension of the Promenade des Anglais to West Nice and the train station. The street layout, facades of buildings and installation of parks were regulated to insure beauty and harmony.

La Pergola: an Art Deco masterpiece in the Quartier des Musiciens
La Pergola: an Art Deco masterpiece in the Quartier des Musiciens

Later in the 19th-century, real estate developers were quick to see opportunities. The verdant hill of Cimiez already had a few Belle Epoque hotels even before Queen Victoria chose the Excelsior Regina Hotel as her preferred holiday spot in 1895. Within a decade the entire neighborhood was transformed from farmland to a playground for European nobility.

Cimiez Hospital
The Hotel de Cimiez (now Cimiez Hospital) where Queen Victoria first stayed.

Curiously, Nice’s most historic neighborhood was the last to develop. The Old Town was left to languish in neglect until the 1960s when a series of initiatives restored or replaced the crumbling buildings. Now, it’s elbow-to-elbow with tourists at the height of the summer season.

Restored part of the Old Town
Restored part of the Old Town

Nice’s designation is not just about buildings however. Nice’s candidacy pointed out the “cosmopolitan” nature of the city as reflected in the historical diversity of its population. The Russian community built a stunning Orthodox cathedral; an ancient Jewish community established a synagogue in the 18th century; there was both an Anglican and American church in the 19th century (now only the Anglican church survives); there’s a Greek Orthodox church, an Armenian church and even a Buddhist temple!

 

The American church
The American church in the Quartier des Musiciens

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Which Neighborhoods are Protected?Unesco-protected zone

  • Entire Promenade des Anglais
  • Quai des Etats-Unis and Rauba Capeu
  • Ponchette terraces
  • Castle Hill
  • Port Lympia
  • Mont Boron
  • Cimiez
  • Baumettes
  • Carré d’Or
  • Quartier des Musiciens
  • Russian Orthodox Cathedral
  • Avenue Jean Medecin east to boulevard Carabacel

In all, the protected area encompasses 500 hectares including a UNESCO-authorized buffer zone.

What is the Effect of  a World Heritage Site Designation?

Certainly it adds to the prestige of the city. International recognition of Nice’s unique heritage will increase public appreciation of the city and add to the tourism potential.

But with prestige comes responsibility. Mayor Christian Estrosi must set up a Local Committee to protect the site and then submit regular reports to UNESCO on the condition of the protected zone. It’s safe to say that any development project within the zone’s parameters would have to be justified to UNESCO. And too much tourism can also imperil Nice’s UNESCO designation! UNESCO has threatened Dubrovnik, Croatia and recently Venice with a loss of WHS status because of their tourist crowds. 

My hope is that this recognition of Nice’s unique culture will encourage more visitors to venture beyond Nice beaches to sample all the richness and variety of Nice’s fascinating history.

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One of  the aspects of researching Nice Uncovered was delving into the archaeological heritage of our city. There’s a lot of history buried under the ground and even underwater! This weekend for the Journées d’Archaeologie the city is offering free tours and workshops to better acquaint us Nice’s ancient history. Of course the tours are in French but here is a translation of the activities on offer:

On the program in Nice on June 18, 19 and 20

  • Discovery of Prehistory and Archeology in a fun and interactive way  : prehistoric adornments, fire-lighting workshop, discovery of Roman games …
  • Numerous workshops and activities on all disciplines of Archeology  : ceramics, burial excavation, underwater excavation …
  • The site visits , the guided tours …
  • Presentation of archaeological professions, activities for young audiences …

FREE ENTRANCE

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The cultural platform cultivez-vous.nice.fr offers you original digital content on the theme of archeology . A Théma not to be missed from June 18th .

The village of archeology

Practical information
Nice Archaeological Museum / Cimiez *

  • Workshops by reservation on 04 92 00 41 90
  • Duration: 45mm per group of 4 people
  • Young audience – All audiences
  • PMR access

Saturday June 19 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Workshop space “excavations and studies”

Hours: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

  • Workshop “Excavation of a burial”
  • Workshop “In the guise of a ceramologist”
  • Workshop “In the guise of an archaeozoologist”

 

 

“Analyzes and studies” area

Hours: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

  • Workshop “From biochemistry and traceology in the service of archeology, investigation of our past”
  • Workshop “Back to human evolution”
  • Workshop “Food remains and their analyzes through charcoal and burnt seeds”

“Experiments” area

  • Workshop “In the skin of an ancient craftsman: I create my ceramics” [10 am, 11 am, 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm]
  • Workshop “In the shoes of an archaeoanthropologist: I excavate a cremation” [10h, 11h]
  • Workshop “Lighting and heating in Roman times” [1 pm, 2 pm]
  • Workshop “Shell and digitized decoration as in the Neolithic” [1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

 

Sunday June 20 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Space “excavations and studies”
hours: 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm

  • Workshop “Excavation of a burial”
  • Workshop “In the guise of a ceramologist”
  • Workshop “What is sieving in archeology? “

“Analysis and studies” area
Hours: 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm

  • Workshop “From biochemistry and traceology in the service of archeology, investigation of our past”
  • Workshop “Back to human evolution”
  • Workshop “Paleo environmental study, or how to restore the landscape of past centuries”

 

 

E space experiments

  • Workshop “In the skin of an ancient craftsman: I create my ceramics” [10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm]
  • Workshop “In the shoes of an archaeoanthropologist: I excavate a cremation” [3:30 pm, 4:30 pm]
  • Workshop “Lighting and heating in Roman times” [1 pm, 2 pm]
  • Workshop “Shell and digitized decoration as in the Neolithic” [10h, 11h]

 

Temporary exhibitions at museums

Now the origin

Exhibition from June 19 to September 21, 2021

Practical information
Museum of Prehistory of Terra Amata *
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 June
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free admission – All public

Since then, Martin Miguel has been developing work on the origin of Art and its very nature for several years. From Lascaux to Chauvet, he questions the masterpieces of prehistoric art by producing works in concrete and paper that take the forms of figures from Paleolithic cave art.

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The Museum of Prehistory of Terra Amata is installed on the site of the excavation of the site of the same name which yielded the oldest hearths in the history of Humanity, dating back 400,000 years. The museography presents the latest discoveries and offers visitors an interactive and fun route. It also exposes the life of the first Nice people in their environment, as well as the first great revolution of humanity: the domestication of fire.

Save the date
Inaugural afternoon Friday June 18, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. , with visit of the exhibition in the presence of the artist, exclusively by reservation and in limited numbers (by email  musee.terra.amata@ville-nice.fr ).

 

Sosno squats the Ancient

Temporary exhibition until January 23, 2022

Practical information
Musée d’Archéologie de Nice / Cimiez *
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 June
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free admission – All public

Recognized artist, painter, photographer, sculptor and theorist of his own artistic journey, Sacha Sosno is the subject of this major exhibition on the ancient site of the ancient city of Cemenelum. More than 70 works are thus presented in situ, exhibited among the Roman remains and in the rooms of the museum.

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The collections of the Archaeological Museum of Nice / Cimiez deal with the ages of metals, antiquity and develop until the early Middle Ages. The life of Cemenelum and the province of the Alpes Maritimae is presented there through the many official or private objects and documents discovered during archaeological excavations from 1950 to 1969 on the site, but also beyond. Indeed, objects from all over the region as well as those discovered in the wreck of the Fourmigue C off Golfe-Juan are presented.

Visits to archaeological sites

The Archaeological Crypt *

nice cryptMeeting Place Toja

  • Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 June
  • Departure every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 5 people maximum. PMR access.
  • By reservation on 04 92 00 92 41

Discovered during archaeological excavations as part of the development of line 1 of the tram, the crypt provides an understanding of the history of the city and its fortifications.
By the tour guides of the City of Art and History Department – Heritage Center – The Senate

The depths of the Prom ‘*

Meet at Quai Rauba Capeu, in front of # I love Nice

  • Friday 6 to 6 p.m.
  • By reservation on 04 92 00 92 41

The Promenade des Anglais in the light of underwater archaeological discoveries.
By the tour guides of the City of Art and History Department – Heritage Center – The Senate

Archéo-walk in Cimiez

Meet at the Nice / Cimiez Archeology Museum

  • Saturday 19 at 10:30 am
  • Sunday June 20 at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • By reservation on 04 92 00 92 41

Visit of the amphitheater, the terms and the Archaeological Museum.
By the mediator of the Archaeological Museum of Nice / Cimiez

Exceptionally accessible free of charge during the event

Program subject to modification due to the health context

Partners

  • Nice Côte d’Azur Archeology Department
  • Nice Archaeological Museum / Cimiez
  • Museum of Prehistory of Terra Amata
  • City of Art and History Department – Heritage Center – The Senate
  • The National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research
  • CEPAM (Cultures and Environments Prehistory, Antiquity, Middle Ages)
  • Nice Côte d’Azur Prehistory Laboratory (Institute of Human Paleontology)

European Archaeological Days

 

As I mentioned in the Old Town walk (item number 47), the former Convent of the Visitation is in the process of being transformed into a five-star hotel. The neighbors waged a lengthy legal fight to prevent it but recently lost the battle. Built in the 17th century, the convent is the oldest in the region and has tremendous historical value.

The good news is that the hotel consortium intends to rebuild the complex according to its original plans. It’s a vast project that encompasses 7500 sq meters including the convent, its annex and three adjacent buildings. They plan to use stones from the original buildings when possible  and period-style materials for the rest.

It will be the only five-star hotel in the Old Town and will boast 88 rooms in addition to cafes, restaurants, bars, a cultural center, swimming pool and even a bakery. It should be quite an establishment. Meanwhile though, there will be substantial noise and disruption from the construction which is why the locals were so vehemently opposed to it.

 

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