Postcards from Southern France: Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice

The Notre -Dame Basilica is the largest church in Nice and is located in the city centre. It was built in the 19th century and designed by architect Louis Lenormand, in Neo-Gothic style.

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The Neo-Gothic style was a response to the neoclassical architectural style movement, which dominated the early years of the 19th century. The Neo-Gothic style promoters wanted to incorporate certain medieval Gothic features into the architecture of those years.

Resembling to the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris the basilica has got two square towers and three porches. Two statues of the Virgin Mary decorate the monument: one on top of the building and a second one in front of the rose window.

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The rose window is a circular window with decorative motives and lines suggesting a rose. Its role is mainly to filter and redirect the natural light to the heart of the basilica.

The basilica got famous not only because of its architectural style, but also because of its remarkable stained-glass windows and a copy of the Holy Family painting by Murillo.

The Notre-Dame Basilica is not only a peaceful place for prayers and religious services, but also a venue for concerts.

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