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Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Nice

The sun-drenched beaches and glamorous summer holiday destinations are the first things that come to mind when thinking about the French Riviera. However, not many people know about the long-standing Russian connection with this beautiful region. For many decades, Russians have been coming to vacation in Nice so much so that they built one of the largest Russian cathedrals in the world there.

Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Nice is a hidden gem. This stunning Russian Orthodox church will catch your attention right away with its colorful mosaics and distinct onion domes. You will be drawn by its elaborate architecture and you will step into a world that seems sacred but serene at the same time. There is something ethereal about the cathedral – a subtle feeling probably caused by the candlelight and incense smell. Every visitor seems to be having their own moment of self-discovery and wonderment when they visit the cathedral. 

It is a touching reminder of the historical and cultural links between France and Russia. This building was constructed in the early 20th century to support the expanding Russian population in Nice and still stands today as a symbol of this unbroken connection. To many, it is not just a place of worship but an example of how Nice’s multicultural heritage has been pieced together.

If you decide to visit St. Nicolas, we recommend that you take a guided tour so that you can experience all its historical backgrounds and architectural intricacies. These guides will make your visit more rewarding. Don’t forget to light a candle inside. After you finish exploring the cathedral, walk gently around its environs. In this neighborhood, there are numerous charming cafes and boutiques where one can have tasty bites or buy memorable gifts.

<span style="font-size: 16px !important" >Written by</span><br>C. Sage Givens

Written by
C. Sage Givens

C. Sage Givens is a seasoned traveler who has made the Cote d'Azur her second home. With a deep affection for French culture, cuisine, and the breathtaking beauty of the sea and limestone cliffs that grace Villefranche-sur-Mer, her true passion lies in sharing her love for Villa Hippocampo. This exquisite haven offers a level of tranquility she believes is unmatched anywhere else in the world.