Monastere de Cimiez
Monastere de Cimiez
4.5
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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sskroll
Orlando, FL1,045 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
What an interesting site within the park. It was very restful and plenty to learn from visiting here.
Written November 29, 2023
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Clayton Cohn
Nashville, TN139 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The monastery itself has a beautiful exterior, and the inside is incredibly ornate. I was the first one there around 8am and was surprised it was open. No one else was there, and it was a very nice experience. It's a bit dark on the inside, and no pictures are allowed, but it is still quite beautiful.

My favorite part was actually the gardens. When you walk in toward the back left, there are magnificent vistas that present great photo ops. The adjoining cemetery is also quite decadent, with every person having his or her own mausoleum in lieu of a traditional headstone. Make sure to check out Henri Matisse's grave while you're there!

That being said, it is a bit out of the way. If you're already venturing into Cimiez to check out the Matisse museum then it's no extra effort, but otherwise it may not be worth exploring if you are on a tight schedule. I intended to visit the monastery's museum also, but unfortunately it is closed from the 8th to the 25th of August 2022. Bummer.

Still, for an extra hour (not counting transportation), you can visit the monastery, see the museum, take a stroll in the gardens, and check out the cemetery that is home to Henri Matisse. Definitely worth it if you aren't otherwise engaged!

Happily,

Clayton Cohn
Written August 12, 2022
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Dragan Petrović
Munich, Germany1,078 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Cimiez Monastery is located 3.3 km up to the north from the main city square in Nice. The easiest way to reach the location is taking a bus number 33 towards Cimiez Hospital.
The monastery dates back to VIII century, but the church itself is from XV century. In addition to the magnificent Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, you will be surprised with the impressive gardens. Next to the monastery there is a cemetery with some famous burials like Henri Matisse, Raoul Dufy and Roger Martin du Gard.
Around the monastery there are some well known attractions such as Matisse Museum, Archeological Museum with the ruins of the Roman Town of Cemenelum, Cimiez Arena and Regina Hotel which was built as a winter residency for the British queen Victoria.
Monastery and the neighbourhood itself is an absolutely worth a visit.
Written August 11, 2021
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NicolaOrl
Canton of Geneva, Switzerland110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
A pleasant surprise just outside Nice town. The area is well connected with public transit, but slightly difficult to reach depending on your route (it might require a steep uphill walk). The Monastery is nice, the park around it is great. There is also a museum nearby. A good option is you want to get away from Nice’s crowds.
Written August 11, 2021
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Hans
Munich, Germany4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The Garden attached to the monastery is lovely and very relaxing. The views over the city are spectacular.
Written October 25, 2020
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hurry
United States27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020

Not being immediately in the city of Nice, it takes a little bit of time to make the journey up to Cimiez. At a stretch, it is walkable, but public transport is probably the better option. With very little light inside, it's tough to see too much and also no photographs allowed. The paintwork looks like it could really do with some restoration, although if you can't see the detail, then I guess perhaps no-one is likely to bother. I wouldn't visit just for the church here, and actually didn't even notice there was a museum. However, a trip up here could be combined with the gardens, the Matisse Museum and the Archaeological Museum to justify the time spent travelling from Nice.
Visited in August 2019
Written October 16, 2020
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ValGary2014
Clayton, NC1,025 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We stopped at the monastery after visited the Matisse Museum. The church interior is very dark and the church was the most depressing we have ever visited. Not worth your time. . We did not enter the museum on the advice of Rick Steves..
Written February 13, 2020
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meyerea
Rancho Murieta, CA64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The old church and the monastery gardens are worth a visit. Even though the gardens are not their best in January, the views are spectacular. There is a current exhibit of hundreds of creches from around the world and the creche in the church was still on display.
Written January 25, 2020
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vvraoca
Mumbai, India75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We were lucky to attend the mass at that time of our visit,the monastery has a lovely garden too and the church is a beautiful structure .
We went up walking to the monastery ,,but bus trasport is available too,,
Quiet and calm surroundings and a wonderful place to spend the day thro,
Written October 30, 2019
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Yair Bar Zohar
Qiryat Ata, Israel2,058 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
A beautiful monastery, located near the Cimiez neighborhood cemetery. Franciscan monks have lived in this monastery since the 16th century and there are those who still live in it today. It is highly recommended to look into the beautiful church, which is decorated with 15th century artwork. It is also recommended to visit the Franciscan Museum of the Abbey, which tells about the history of the Franciscans in Nice since the 13th century. In the museum you will see 17th century murals, 15-18th century artwork, over 300 documents telling about the life of the Franciscans and even a restored cell that illustrate how the monks lived. The cemetery next to the monastery includes, among others, the graves of painter Henri Matisse and Nobel Prize winner for literature, Rouge Marten di Garr.

Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays from 10:00 to 12:00 and 15:00 to 18:00. The church is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

How long should you visit? Between half an hour and an hour.

The address: Place du Monastere de Crimiez.
Written October 17, 2019
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