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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.Read the rest

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.Read the rest

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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