Monastère de Cimiez, Nice

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Monastère de Cimiez was founded in the ninth century by the Benedictine monks of the Abbey of Saint-Pons. The complex includes the 15th-century Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and a Franciscan museum, which traces Franciscan life in the region since the 13th century. The church holds three paintings by Louis Brea. The cloister hosts classical music concerts, and the garden contains exceptional floral decorations. In the cemetery, seek out the tombs of painters Henri Matisse and Raoul Dufy, and Nobel Prize winner Roger Martin du Gard. Use our Nice travel itinerary maker to add Monastère de Cimiez and other attractions to your Nice vacation plans.
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  • August 16, 2017
    A soothing setting and a warm welcome for a wake. The gardens are also to see.
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  • August 11, 2017
    " A picture is worth a thousand words" Monastery de Cimiez is the best example. The place which is Impossible to descibe in words..Awsome! Cimez is now a quarter of Nice, an upper class neighborhood. ...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    I Council strongly this place full of charm and authenticity of the gardens d extraordinary visiting beauty
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  • August 10, 2017
    Beautiful, old monastery covered in murals. It has presence. Panoramic views of Nice from the gardens.
  • July 11, 2017
    An old monastery to see and perhaps to pray. The outdoor architecture is very typical ( a mix of different influences) and the indoor one is very rich decorated by very old paintings ( some from the 17th century who have been restored) and statues. There is too an ancient and very rare seraphic cross of the Christ made of stone ( a winged Christ!) near the entry ( a copy is exposed at the car park in face of the monastery).There are still a few franciscan priests. You can so see a cross of San Damiano ( the cross of Saint Francis) like the original one in Assisi, Italia. The altar is rich with an ancient golden painted wall with a lot of decorations (saints, little angels,...) and at the top a beautiful and tall statue of the holy virgin dressed in gold.
  • August 5, 2017
    Amazing gardens. Worth a visit!
  • July 16, 2017
    Very quiet spot in the midst of the busy riviera tourist sites.
  • April 14, 2016
    We were there in a warm April day which helped the garden side. Gorgeous buildings, gorgeous gardens and an amazing view down over Nice.

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