Situated on the Chateau hill, this large cemetery has more than 2,800 tombs on terraces, and boasts wonderful views overlooking Nice and the Mediterranean.
Created in 1783 because of a new law prohibiting burials inside churches, this cemetery occupies the place of Nice's old citadel. The oldest tombs, from the 19th century, feature a neo-classical style imitating Roman sarcophagi, while there are also neo-Gothic chapels.
A Jewish cemetery was built near the Christian cemetery, replacing the one used since the Middle Ages in central Nice. There is also an area for non-Catholics, created in 1845. After the great fire of the Opera in 1881, where 200 people died, a pyramidal monument was erected in the cemetery.
One of the most beautiful cemeteries in France, it is a great place to wander around, enjoying the views and visiting the tombs of famous characters buried here, or just looking at some of the best funerary monuments in Europe.
- Allee François Aragon