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“Stunning church, beautiful example of imperial architecture”

St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, Nice
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This Russian cathedral was built in the early 20th century in honor of the son of Aleksandr II tsarevich Nicolai, who died in Nice after failing to recover from tuberculosis.
Reviewed March 2, 2014

This is a stunning church with beautiful detail inside and out. The collection of icons in the interior is great, with medieval style as well as later examples. As is common in Russian churches, head scarves are provided upon entrance so you don't need to worry about planning ahead. It seems tourists are allowed in even during services as long as they're discrete. Well worth the short walk from the old town.

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Reviewed February 23, 2014

For those of us who have never attended a Russian Orthodox service, this is a real treat. The cathedral is beautiful and the service interesting.

Thank Linda K
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

Special place specifically for the ortodoxes. Not easy to get into the prayer mode as all the documents are in russion with chirilics...

Thank Laura M
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

I enjoyed seeing the building. I've never been to Russia but the building gave me an idea of what going to Russia would be like.

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Reviewed February 4, 2014

The contrast of this dark and beautiful Russian Cathedral against the palms and Mediterranean sun of Nice is striking. The exterior and grounds were very quiet when we visited, and offered plenty of great photo ops (which Russians absolutely love, anyway).
Inside, the Russian Orthodox history and tradition was almost palpable. Very much a working church, there were many people praying and the silence was overwhelming. My shoes squeaked a lot on the parquet floor, which made me absolutely terrified to take a stroll around the ornate displays, but I was able to remedy that with a wide ostrich-step.
We were chased off the grounds at noon for a service. Be sure to check the schedule before you visit, as there aren't many places nearby to wait.
Definitely worth a detour to see this site after you tire of the waterfront.

Thank CharlioBarlio
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