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Cimiez Convent, Nice

16th-century monastery and burial place of Matisse

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This 16th-century Franciscan monastery includes a church, a 17th-century chapel and a small museum explaining the Franciscan way of life throughout the centuries.

Originally founded in the 11th century by Benedictine monks, it was later turned into a Franciscan convent. The monastery is still home to Franciscan monks and is the location of a museum containing artwork, 17th century frescoes and documents, as well as a replica monk's cell.

The church houses three important paintings by the Bréa brothers, while the lovely gardens are home to a cemetery where Matisse and Dufy are buried.


Visitor comments

  • "Beautiful church in stunning surroundings. Lots to do up here, there's the graveyard with Henry Matisse, the gardens, the park and the ruins. Well worth a visit. Small donation if you feel like giving." - Trip Advisor
  • "Glad we took the journey to the end of the tram line to see this beautiful monastery, gardens with gorgeous views and interesting cemetery. Kind of a hike up the hill, but worthwhile." - Trip Advisor
  • "The Monastery is in a beautiful setting not so far away from the city. The gardens was a pleasant surprise. It was very tranquil and picturesque. There were lots of orange trees with fruits even though it was December. It is definitely a must see when in Nice" - Trip Advisor

When to come

The monastery is open daily from 10:00 to 12:00 and 15:00 to 18:00. Closed on Sundays and bank holidays.

How to get passes

Entrance is free.


  • Address
  • Place Jean Paul II
  • 06000

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