Basilica of Notre-Dame
A hotel stay in Nice
During your stay in Nice, take the time to visit the largest church in the city - the Basilica of Notre-Dame, located close to Avenue Jean Médecin. Building began in 1864 at the instigation of Monseigneur Sola, the Bishop of Nice. It was mostly financed by the donations of numerous people, both from France and abroad, who wintered in Nice. Work progressed quickly during the first year; in 1865, the nave and 8 side chapels had already been constructed. However, a lack of funds soon slowed down the project and when the church was inaugurated in 1868, it had not yet been finished. Its completion finally came in 1879, followed by its consecration in 1925. It was finally given the title of basilica in 1976.
Built by architect Charles Lenormand after the plans of his father Louis Lenormand, the basilica is based on the neo-Gothic Saint-Serge d’Angers but also takes certain elements from Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, such as its façade with its three porches beneath a rose window and two sets of bay windows. Its choir is particularly interesting with its 7 absidiole chapels and its remarkable stained glass windows, finished in 1868. Inside, there is also the great organ as well as the Umbraculum near the altar, which takes the form of a half-open red and golden parasol. A central destination for the city's Catholic community, the Basilica of Notre-Dame also serves Nice as a high-quality performance space for music, hosting numerous concerts and recitals.