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Le Fort du Mont-Alban, Nice, France

ISHLT's Guide to Nice, France

Megan Barrett
ISHLT Headquarters
Addison, TX, USA

With our Annual Meeting planned in a location as beautiful as Nice, we know there is much to consider outside the walls of The Acropolis. With this in mind, we have compiled a tourist's guide to all the top attractions in Nice that we will break down to share in each new issue of the Links Newsletter.

This month's focus will be on Monuments and Churches. Though both are abundant among the rich culture and history of Nice, we have chosen to highlight a few more notable examples.

Monuments and Churches

Le Fort du Mont-Alban
Built on a hilltop 222 meters above sea level, the Fort is a massive 16th century structure offering exceptional panoramic views stretching from Italy (tip of Bordighera), Cap d'Ail, St Jean Cap Ferrat and the Bay of Angels, to Garoupe Antibes and, on a clear day, all the way to Corsica.

links imageLe Negresco
Built on the shores of the famous Baie des Anges in 1912 by Niermans for the Romanian Henri Negresco, this Belle-Époque landmark (left)is the only museum and luxury hotel in Nice. A listed historic building since 2003, it houses collections retracing five centuries of art history. The 121 rooms and 24 suites each have their own decoration. Recently promoted to the 5-star category, it is reputedly one of the world's finest hotels.

La Place Rossetti
Surrounded by Italian-style architecture of red and yellow townhouses and situated in the center of Nice's old town, Place Rossetti is a charming square featuring a small stone fountain and the lovely baroque Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate. The square and its many sidewalk caf├ęs attract a bustling daytime crowd of residents, families, and travelers eager for a bit of refreshment and relaxation. links image

La Tour Bellanda
Built on the foundations of a defensive structure razed to the ground during the French occupation under King Louis XIV, Tour Bellanda (right) was home to the great 19th-century French composer Hector Berlioz while he was writing the King Lear Overture. Today, it is adorned with ceramic mosaics of ancient Greek motifs, and the terrace offers a splendid panorama over the city and its surroundings.

Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate
This church, which became a Cathedral in the 16th century, is the largest sanctuary in Old Nice. Inspired by early Baroque architectural models from Rome, the structure has a basilical layout; with a triple nave and a transept. The decoration of the side chapels links imageand choir is particularly sumptuous and the interior reflects the influence of Saint Peter's of Rome.

Chapelle de la Misericorde
Built after 1740 and designed by the famous architect Bernardo Vittone, the chapel (left) has an elliptical nave, with semicircular side chapels. The wealth of the decoration inside, the originality of its volumes and the murals by Bistolfi make this a genuine gem of Baroque art and an exceptionally rich example of the area's architecture.

Basilique Notre-Dame
The largest church in Nice and the first modern religious structure, the basilica of Notre-Dame (below) was built after Nice became French (1864-1868). Inspired by the Cathedral of Angers with its two square towers, it is adorned with 19th-century stained-glass windows and a sumptuous rose window with scenes of the Assumption. ■

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