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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 …


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The cultural platform

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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.Read the rest

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