St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral (Cathedrale Orthodoxe Russe St. Nicolas)

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Key Info

Avenue Nicolas II

Price & Hours

Free
9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; Mass times vary

Details

Churches/Religious Sites, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
4.2

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  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
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Tsar Nicholas II, the head of the tragic Romanov family, commissioned the building of the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral in the early 20th century to accommodate the religious needs of the city's growing Russian population. The church's onion domes, bright colors and detailed ornamentation are hard to miss from its location on the aptly named Avenue Nicholas II. Women are asked to cover their heads while inside, but scarves are provided at the entrance.

The church is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but keep in mind it's closed on Sunday mornings for its regular services. Admission is free. Recent visitors suggest booking a guided tour of the church, which cost 10 euros (around $12) per person and can be reserved online. Walking or driving is the best way to access this residential area of Nice, although a handful of bus routes, including Nos. 4, 7 and 23, also have stops nearby.

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