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Cimiez History

Cimiez was the cradle of the Roman settlements of Nice and the region. In antiquity, “Cemenelum” was a town in its own right, a rival to “Nikaïa” the Greek, located on the coast.

Cimiez peaked in the "Belle Époque" and it became the best resort for Kings and Queens of Europe: Victoria, Edward VII, George V, Leopold II, they all stayed at Cimiez, and the streets of Cimiez still wear today their names.

The "Boulevard de Cimiez", created in the late nineteenth century, led by architect Marcel Sebastien Biasini, is the central axis of this luxurious neighborhood.


Now it is one of the affluent parts of Nice, with residential buildings and many historic buildings.

You will find the Franciscan Monatery dating from the 16th Century and the Monastery of Cimiez, with its cemetery where the painters Henri Matisse et Raoul Dufy.

The monastery gardens worth a visit, offering magnificent views of the city and the sea, like the Roman ruins with the amphitheater, the baths and the early Christian basilica.


Finally, there are several luxury hotels dating from the Belle Epoque, including the sumptuous Hôtel Régina where Queen Victoria used to stay with her court, the Winter Palace, the Riviera Palace, the Majestic or the Hermitage.

All of these hotels have since been converted into luxury apartments.