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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  • Accessible monastery to the public but I would strongly suggest booking in advance to be able to view it from more than just the outside  more »
  • Worth a visit on the way to the Roman bath site. Not to much to say as its a ten minute visit to be honest.  more »
  • Arrved early for museums and spent time in the building, fantastic frescos and lovely garden with views back to the sea. Museum basic but you can see how monks lived.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Very quiet spot in the midst of the busy riviera tourist sites.
  • We were there in a warm April day which helped the garden side. Gorgeous buildings, gorgeous gardens and an amazing view down over Nice.
  • Amazing spot where you can see the whole city of Nice, as well as the Roman ruins and the Amphiteathre. Recommend going through the hidden stairs, after dropping off on the metro last stop, you will savour it more.
  • Very nice monastery and nice frescos in the church.