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September 2021

Nice, listed as a World Heritage Site

  • The Côte d’Azur capital has joined the Unesco list this summer as the “Winter resort town of the Riviera”, having played a historic role in developing winter tourism.
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La Baie de Nice, vue de la route forestière du Mont Boron, avec l'ilôt verdoyant du château de Nice au centre.
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L'hôtel construit par Henri Negresco sur la Promenade, qui fait partie du XXe siècle.
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Vue des baigneurs avec le Palais de la Méditerranée en fond, construit durant les Années folles.
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La cathédrale russe orthodoxe de Nice, édifiée suite au décès du tsarevitch Nicolas Alexandrovitch.
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Le château de l'Anglais, une des premières folies de style exotique construite à Nice au milieu du XIXe siècle.
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La Villa Pollux et ses moulurations néoclassiques, d'ailleurs voisine de la Villa Castor, en référence aux jumeaux de la mythologie grecque.

Although “Nissa la Bella” attracts a flock of tourists every summer, the locals are also well aware that their town, like its neighbours, was originally a popular winter resort. A form of proto-tourism anticipating what will be the great tourist resorts of the twentieth century. The French government submitted Nice’s application to the World Heritage Committee in 2020. Under the Chinese presidency of Tian Xuejun, it has just added Nice to its list of winter resort towns, stressing the exceptional universal value of this heritage in terms of landscape, architecture, and urban planning.

Climatic, then seaside tourism
By the end of the eighteenth century, great boulevards linking the sea to the hills of Nice, and promenades such as Les Ponchettes, had been built to attract foreigners. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, palm trees and pine trees multiplied to set the stage. The English, Russians, European and American nationals… a cosmopolitan population came to settle here for rest, then pleasure. And travellers’hotels, art-deco villas, buildings with ornamented facades, casinos, places of worship, for hosting concerts, such as Château Valrose and the Palais de la Méditerranée, flourished in the area. In this city of Nice, which had 150,000 year-round residents in 1900 compared to more than 338,000 today, a Local Property Commission has just been created. Its aim? To protect this heritage for future generations.

By Tanja Stojanov