27 July 2021
On July 27, 2021, Nice has been officially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as the “winter resort city of the Riviera”!
This inscription is the recognition of the exceptional universal value of the architectural, landscape and urban heritage of Nice. In particular, the vast 522-hectare urban complex, an eminent example of the fusion of international cultural influences, was shaped from the mid-18th to the mid-20th century by the cosmopolitan winter resort.
The Nice dossier is deeply original. It is a question of recognising the heritage value of an unprecedented type of urbanism: cosmopolitan and leisure-oriented. “What happened in Nice from the end of the 18th century onwards was the invention of an important part of our modernity”. Franck Riester – Minister Delegate to the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs.
Nice’s candidacy was thus based on regulated urban planning and green spaces planted with exotic species. But also promenades, first and foremost the emblematic Promenade des Anglais, and a resort heritage, reflecting contributions from all over the world, with its villas, hotels, palaces, palaces, pleasure buildings, as well as its places of worship and sociability.
In the video below, discover the arguments that led to Nice’s inclusion on the Unesco list!