Monastère de Cimiez, Nice

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Monastère de Cimiez was founded in the ninth century by the Benedictine monks of the Abbey of Saint-Pons. The complex includes the 15th-century Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and a Franciscan museum, which traces Franciscan life in the region since the 13th century. The church holds three paintings by Louis Brea. The cloister hosts classical music concerts, and the garden contains exceptional floral decorations. In the cemetery, seek out the tombs of painters Henri Matisse and Raoul Dufy, and Nobel Prize winner Roger Martin du Gard. You can plan Nice trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • The monastery itself has a beautiful exterior, and the inside is incredibly ornate. I was the first one there around 8am and was surprised it was open. No one else was there, and it was a very nice... 
    The monastery itself has a beautiful exterior, and the inside is incredibly ornate. I was the first one there around 8am and was surprised it was open. No one else was there, and it was a very nice...  more »
  • 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....  more
    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....  more »
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  • Nice walk from downtown city Nice to this quiet, relaxing environment. The views are beautiful, nice breeze on hot days and hardly any people around. Felt completely relaxed after visiting this place.
  • The monastery itself has a beautiful exterior, and the inside is incredibly ornate. I was the first one there around 8am and was surprised it was open. No one else was there, and it was a very nice experience. It's a bit dark on the inside, and no pictures are allowed, but it is still quite beautiful. My favorite part was actually the gardens. When you walk in toward the back left, there are magnificent vistas that present great photo ops. The adjoining cemetery is also quite decadent, with every person having his or her own mausoleum in lieu of a traditional headstone. Make sure to check out Henri Matisse's grave while you're there! That being said, it is a bit out of the way. If you're already venturing into Cimiez to check out the Matisse museum then it's no extra effort, but otherwise it may not be worth exploring if you are on a tight schedule. I intended to visit the monastery's museum also, but unfortunately it is closed from the 8th to the 25th of August 2022. Bummer. Still, for an extra hour (not counting transportation), you can visit the monastery, see the museum, take a stroll in the gardens, and check out the cemetery that is home to Henri Matisse. Definitely worth it if you aren't otherwise engaged! Happily, Clayton Cohn

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