Russian Orthodox Cathedral Nice
This incredible display of workmanship in the centre of Nice atrracts 85,000 visitors a year. The Russian Orthodox Cathedral on the French Riviera is the largest of its kind outside of Russia. Built in 1912 by Tsar Nicholas II, on land purchased by his grandfather Tsar Alexander II (who frequently holidayed on the Riviera), as a place of worship for the many Russians re-locating to and visiting the Cote d'Azur.
The Cathedral is part of the parish of St Nicholas and Ste Alexandra and is often called St Nicholas' Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Some people believe that Tsar Nicholas built the cathedral as a lasting tribute to his only son and heir Alexei. It seems tragic to think that back then he had no idea of what his family's fate would hold. Perhaps that's why the Cathedral is so popular and so many feel the need to visit from all over the world, not just Russia.
Whatever the reason, pilgrimage or just plain curiosity, the architecture and intricate detail is something to behold. Well worth a visit.
Summer opening hours: 0900 - 1200 & 1430 - 1800
Winter opening hours: 0930 - 1200 & 1430 - 1700
Sunday Mass at 10am
Saturday vigil at 6pm.
Entrance costs 3 Euros per person. Children under 12 go free, as well as disabled visitors and personnel in military uniform.
Avenue Nicholas II, Off Boulevard du Tzarevitch, Nice, 06000View Larger Map