Nice, its Spectacular Citadel




Many have visited the famous hilltop in Nice, which for centuries served (from the eleventh to the eighteenth century) as a fortified castle to battle those who wanted to make Nice a place of their own.  A rock of about 300 yards (or 900 feet) high, it once featured a cathedral and settlements. All this was destroyed by Louis XIV in 1706 with enormous guns as part of the never ending local quarrels in Europe. Now, you can only admire the ruins (which look like all ruins.) But the stiff walk uphill is most rewarding for the spectacular views of the town and the Mediterranean, as shown below.

Citadel 2-a

View from the Citadel 3-a

View from the Citadel 4-a

View from the Citadel 14-a

View from the Citadel-1

Christian Cemetry-1

Halfway you find a Christian cemetery (above) and a Jewish cemetery (below), separate from each other. 

Jewish Cemetry-1


The ruins on top are not very representative of what the Citadel’s cathedral once was but they indicate its ancestry.

Ruins of the old Cathedral-a


Ruins of the Cathedral 4-a

Other worthwhile treasures are remnants of the Roman Empire (below)

Remnants of The Romans-1


And, of course, the mutual admiration of each others’ dogs.

dogs at the Citadel


A view of Nice’s environment makes you jealous of its many variations when you are back home with only flat boring streets.

View froom the Citadel 5-a


Turning to the seaside of the hill, visitors are offered magnificent sights of the Mediterranean and the port of Nice.

View from the Citadel 6-a

View of the Port of Nice-1

View of the Port of Nice 2-a

Tourist Boudha Monks-a

Buddhist monks are among the tourists.

War Memorial in Nice-a

Nice’s War Memorial at the bottom of the Citadel.

Next time: Memory Lane of the Riviera.



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