Monastere de Cimiez

Monastere de Cimiez, Nice

Monastere de Cimiez
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
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United States27 contributions
Jan 2020

Not being immediately in the city of Nice, it takes a little bit of time to make the journey up to Cimiez. At a stretch, it is walkable, but public transport is probably the better option. With very little light inside, it's tough to see too much and also no photographs allowed. The paintwork looks like it could really do with some restoration, although if you can't see the detail, then I guess perhaps no-one is likely to bother. I wouldn't visit just for the church here, and actually didn't even notice there was a museum. However, a trip up here could be combined with the gardens, the Matisse Museum and the Archaeological Museum to justify the time spent travelling from Nice.
Visited in August 2019
Written October 16, 2020
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Dragan Petrović
Munich, Germany1,091 contributions
Jul 2021
Cimiez Monastery is located 3.3 km up to the north from the main city square in Nice. The easiest way to reach the location is taking a bus number 33 towards Cimiez Hospital.
The monastery dates back to VIII century, but the church itself is from XV century. In addition to the magnificent Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, you will be surprised with the impressive gardens. Next to the monastery there is a cemetery with some famous burials like Henri Matisse, Raoul Dufy and Roger Martin du Gard.
Around the monastery there are some well known attractions such as Matisse Museum, Archeological Museum with the ruins of the Roman Town of Cemenelum, Cimiez Arena and Regina Hotel which was built as a winter residency for the British queen Victoria.
Monastery and the neighbourhood itself is an absolutely worth a visit.
Written August 11, 2021
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Canton of Geneva, Switzerland96 contributions
Jul 2021
A pleasant surprise just outside Nice town. The area is well connected with public transit, but slightly difficult to reach depending on your route (it might require a steep uphill walk). The Monastery is nice, the park around it is great. There is also a museum nearby. A good option is you want to get away from Nice’s crowds.
Written August 11, 2021
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Pomerols, France183 contributions
Oct 2011 • Couples
I have reviewed Cimiez and the beautiful gardens, monastery etc before so I won't repeat myself.
However, I thought it worth an entry to tell you exactly how it get ther for 1 euro.

The main bus up to Cimiez Monastere stop is no17. You can catch this in the centre of Nice right behind Galeries Lafayette. If you're going to take the tram there it's Massena tram stop.

Walk down the side of Gal. Laf. under the arches to the one way street at the rear. Ahead to your right you will see the bus stop called Guitry. This is the stop for bus 17 heading up to Cimiez.

By the way, take a picnic and spend some time there. It is so peaceful and calm. Nice is great but it's nice to take a little time out sometimes. There is a cafe too for snacks and ice creams and spotlessly clean loos. A little tip is appreciated.
Written August 27, 2012
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East Hampton, NY231 contributions
Mar 2015 • Friends
Having visited the South of France on many occasions it never occurred to me to write about historical Cimiez. Cimiez is an Upper-Class Residential district neighborhood in Nice. During the late 19th century it became the stomping ground of the British Aristocracy with sumptuous and stunning Bell Epoque Architecture. The area contains the Museum Matisse and the ruins of Cemenelum, Capital of the Ancient Roman Province Alpes Maritimae on the Ligurian Coast.Close to the Roman ruins is the splendid Hotel Regina where Queen Victoria spent part of her long visits to the French Riviera. There is also the Cimiez Monastery and church that have been used by the Franciscan monks since the 16th century. Buried in the cemetery near the monastery is the painter Henri Matisse, among many notables of the local politics, Grand Italian Families, the Garribaldi's, the Gambetta's, the Pastorelli's, the Medecin Clan, finding their final resting place in a number of exquisitely designed mausoleums. All these names and more you find back in the street and avenue names throughout Nice. One can spend hours here, reading up on the family names, what they influenced and what kind of influence they still have long after having departed this earthy life such as the 1937 Nobel Prize winner for Literature, Roger Martin du Gard. The famous Belle Epoque is everywhere. Villa Paradiso was commissioned by Baroness Helene van Zuylen de Nyevelt de Haar. Born a Rothschild, she married the Dutch Baron van Zuylen. The L'universite Nice Sophia Antipolis is also located in Cimiez. The Chagall Museum is also in this neighborhood. Worthwhile spending a few days exploring.
Written March 8, 2015
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Glasgow, UK42 contributions
Jul 2011 • Solo
The walk up the beautiful tree-lined Ave. de Cimiez is well worth the effort, uphill all the way, although there are a couple of buses that go there too. On the way up you pass the Chagall museum on the left. The avenue is lined with palaces built in the early 1900's for the English & Russian royal families, crowned at the top by the truly awesome Excelsior Regina, formally a hotel built for Queen Victoria, now private apartments.
The Parc de Cimiez is a popular spot for the Nicoise to take the children & dogs on a Sunday afternoon, with plenty of picnic spots amongst the old olive groves, pétanque courts for the locals as well as the Matisse museum & Roman archaeological site, both of which are free to visit. There is a snack bar & public toilets on the left side of the park.
The 13th C monastery is lovely, with an interesting small cemetery where Matisse is buried. Beautiful formally laid out gardens surround the monastery, surrounded by amazing views of the town below. To the right, here is a cool, shady, tree-filled area for dogs to run off-leash, called the Sacred Grove, up a flight of stairs from the monastery gardens..
This is a part of Nice a lot of people miss, which is a shame, because it is truly one of the most beautiful quartiers of Nice.
Written July 28, 2011
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Dublin, Ireland235 contributions
Apr 2015 • Friends
Took the number 17 bus from outside Gare Nice Ville up the windy roads to this tranquil church. It's simple architecture but the atmosphere is one of peace and reflection. Don't forget to wonder around the cemetery to see the understated resting place of Matisse and his wife.
Written April 10, 2015
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London, UK2,298 contributions
Dec 2013 • Family
We went to Nice in Christmas holidays and on day 2 when it was raining. So we restricted ourselves into Nice sightseeing and started with old Nice. After lunch, we took Bus no 17 from Garibaldi.
Bus 17 is a rare element so it is better to see the bus schedule before planning. There is about 1 bus in every hour, however depends on latest bus schedule. This is the only bus for going to that area. So, please look for the timetable at the bus stand (or take a timetable and Bus route location plan form Tourist office- which is near the Railway station and Albert 1er) and take special attention to the 3 categories of timetable -
Lundi aVendredi means Monday to Friday
Samedi means- Saturday
Dimanche et jours feries means Sunday and Bank Holidays
The bus fare is 1.5 euro per journey. There are weekly pass available at 15 euro and day pass is 5euro. Please note that these passes are working for bus/tram in Nice area only not in the bus for Cannes/Monaco i.e. outside the Nice area these are not applicable.
We took weekly pass in the understanding that it would include airport bus fare (Bus 98/99) but came to know that weekly pass is no longer valid in those buses.
This bus is important for those who do not have other modes of transport in Nice. The last stop of bus 17 covers Monastery (Monastere de cimiez and Museum Matisse/Archaeological Museum.
This is on top of a hill and took 20 mins from Garibaldi.
It is also located next to a lovely park, Roman ruins, archaeological museum, and the Matisse Museum. We visited the monastery and the beautiful garden and Franciscan museum only as the other attractions like Roman amphitheatre, Matisse Museum were closed due to Christmas. The church is very pretty but small. The next door was Franciscan Museum. It has collection of documents and works of art, especially demonstration on Jesus’s birth from various countries.
The gardens are beautiful with a great view of Nice. We could not enjoy it as rian spoiled, however on a clear day it would be beautiful.
All these attractions are free.
Written January 20, 2014
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Pomerols, France183 contributions
Jun 2011 • Couples
We took the open top bus tour and got off here as I'd read about the gardens, roman ruins etc. took a simple but very tasty picnic and had a great time exploring this lovely area. Well worth a half day. Take bus no 17 to Cimiez for 1 euro. It's much cheaper than bus tour if you just want to go here. You need the Matisse Museum bus stop. Enjoy!
Written May 7, 2012
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Kirk L
Winnipeg, Canada31 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
The monastery includes the gardens accompanying the Monestary, the Matisse Museum, the Roman ruins and the park area which used to host the Jazz Festival. The monastary is quite beautiful inside, but it's the gardens and the view overlooking Nice that captures your eye. The Roman ruins are partially preserved and not of the scale the we have seen elsewhere. The surrounding park was beautiful with old Olive trees and pathways named after Jazz greats. Matisse left almost his entire art output to the French government and it is housed in a beautiful pink coloured museum. There was an Archialogical museum as well, but it wasn't open the day we visited. Well woth the visit.
Written March 12, 2015
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