Starting from the XVIII century the British, who had a passion for luxury events, picturesque views of the Cote d'Azur, and first-class holiday destinations started to arrive in Nice. After the British aristocrats this trend - to visit Nice - was taken up by the Russians. It was the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna (widow of Tsar Nicholas I) who arrived in the bay of Villefranche at the beginning of the XIX century, and eventually shtttte purchased there a large part of land for the imperial house. This fact influenced the replacement of more than 300 Russian families to the south-eastern part of France and made the resort town even more popular in the world. The road, where The Empress was ridden was called boulevard of Russian Empress, and later its name was changed into Boulevard Stalingrad.
Russian immigrants together with French cosmopolitan society began to improve the already fantastic city, adding new objects of architecture. Officially, in 1860 the construction of the church of St. Nicholas and the Holy Martyr Alexandra was completed; in 1912 the Orthodox Cathedral of St. Nicholas was built; Russian cemetery Caucade is on the west of Nice was opened in 1867 and used to be called the Nikolaevskoe.
Nice is one of the cities of Provence, where there are 200 hotels, more than 100 restaurants, 20 private beaches with a wonderful mild climate and Mediterranean nature. In February it hosts a large-scale annual Carnival of flowers, which is a costume parade with flower juggling, colorful fireworks, stunning evening performances, accompanied by a variety of music. Carnival is considered one of the most striking events, which is worth visiting; it happens in the period between February, 1 and March, 5 and lasts for two weeks.
For tourism in Nice you can find a lot of fun and interesting cultural events. The city combines the developed infrastructure, a large number of parks and gardens with fountains and statues. You can walk along the tropical garden in the park Floral Phoenix, where you will see a variety of exotic animals, a greenhouse with orchids, and fern forest. Castle Mountain is a park with lots of trees, winding alleys and beautiful waterfalls. The Church of Two Kings is situated on 3 hectares of land inhabited by diverse Mediterranean plants. From the park you can walk along the famous Promenade des Anglais, which is one of the longest streets, it begins from the bridge of Napoleon III and runs for 7 kilometres. Many casinos, hotels, villas, restaurants, boutiques, displaying all the luxury, the elegance of the city are situated there. The most famous building on the Promenade des Anglais is a luxury hotel «Negresco» constructed in the neoclassical style, built in 1912 and named after its owner. Construction of the hotel visited by Coco Chanel, Marlene Dietrich, Salvador Dali, Albert Camus cost its creator 3 million gold francs. The highlight of the «Negresco» is the rooms, each of which has its own unique, individual look with the help of antique furniture and an embodiment of different eras, from the style of Louis XV to the style Empire.
Many sights of Nice remained on the streets of Old Town: quarter with lots of flowers, the former Palace of the Dukes of Savoy, Palace of Justice, where once the Dominican Monastery was situated, clock towers, the Old Senate building. Definitely it’s worth walking through the historic center on Castle Hill, visiting the main shopping street - avenue Jean Medes where one can find a huge choice of gifts, clothing and souvenirs.
Nice hosts many museums and galleries, which are usually situated in palaces or villas. Museum of Fine Arts where you can admire the paintings by Dufy, Cheret, Monet, as well as the work of other famous artists and architects from around the world. National Museum of the Biblical message by Marc Chagall (Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall) where 17 canvases painted by the artist Marc Chagall in the style of avant-garde inspired by the series «Biblical Message» are the centre of the exposition. Matisse Museum and Massena Museum also store their rare creations that make it possible to learn more about the history and culture of the past time. In Nice there is also a large number of beautiful churches, cathedrals and palaces: the Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas, the Basilica of the Virgin, fashionable Opera of Nice, Chapel of Mercy, Sainte-Réparate Cathedral, the Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sainte Jeanne d'Arc Church.
Exquisitely graceful Nice has been considered the jewel of the Cote d'Azur of France at all times. The luxurious nature of the natural landscape, yielding climate, the proximity of the mountains make it possible to hold the position of the brand of one of the memorable resorts in the world for endless years. Tourists from all over the world come here at any time of the year.