Postcards from Southern France: Ste. Réparate Cathedral Nice

The Ste. Réparate Cathedral Nice (Basilique-Cathédrale Sainte-Marie Sainte-Réparate, in French) is located in the beautiful Rossetti Place in Nice.

The beautiful dome & bell tower of the Ste. Réparate Cathedral Nice, seen from the Castle Hill

The beautiful dome & bell tower of the Ste. Réparate Cathedral Nice, seen from the Castle Hill

The Cathedral’s construction was completed around 1700 and houses the remains of Ste. Réparate, a virgin martyr, who died in 250. She also is the patron saint of Nice.

The legend says that the body of Saint Réparate, killed at the age of 15, was put in an empty ship and left on the sea. A dove guided the ship to Nice where locals buried her. To honour her memory the locals built a chapel on the place where the remains were buried.

The today’s look of the Cathedral results from subsequent building extension and adaptation works. The monument gains one’s attention with its beautiful bell tower and the dome, an attractive piece of artwork with colourful glazed tiles.

The cathedral resembles to the Ste. Susanne Church in Rome, but its Latin cross and certain design elements remind of St. Peter in Rome, certainly at a smaller scale. Inside, the Cathedral has got ten chapels and is equipped with three organs.

Ste. Réparate Cathedral stays as one of the major architectural masterpieces of the first Roman Baroque art in Nice.

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