A bit of Russia without ever leaving Nice

May 23, 2010 in Postcards

Eglise Russe

Bet you didn’t know that Nice used to be the hotspot for exiled Russian nobles. Just as the French Riviera is now the playground of jetsetters and celebrities, Nice was once the ultimate vacation destination for Russians looking to escape those rough winters in Moscow.

Nice is home to the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral outside of Russia. Built in 1912 in memory of Tsar Nicholas II, it is still a cornerstone of the Russian community in Nice. The outside is absolutely stunning, particularly in comparison to the drab buildings that surround it.

It’s absolutely worth a visit if you’re ever in Nice. My favorite part? The tiny shop next door that sells Russian souvenirs, like babushka dolls. Who would have thought you could find genuine Russian nesting dolls on the French Riviera?

  • Ahh! That cathedral looks amazing! What an awesome find. πŸ™‚

  • Stumbled upon a similar Russian cathedral with bright blue towers in Buenos Aires of all places. Talk about your fish out of water.

  • camorose

    It was fun trying to find it…I spotted it through random modern buildings, and it was such an aha! moment πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    It was fun trying to find it…I spotted it through random modern buildings, and it was such an aha! moment πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    So random! I wonder what caused the Russians to head to Buenos Aires…that's a much longer trek than down to Nice!

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