Thursday doors #6

Today I’ve chosen a more local doorway, that of l’Eglise Saint-François-de-Paule in Nice’s Old Town. Its construction, and that of the adjoining monastery, took place between 1722 and 1723 on the orders of the the Minims, mendicant friars bound by a vow of poverty and dedicated to an ascetic way of life. The church’s façade, created in 1773, bears the Minim motto Charitas (charity) in a radiant medallion. The Minims disappeared during the French Revolution and the Dominican’s took over the church.

Its frontage is typically neo-classical with a few additional baroque elements. Its interior is relatively stark with a single nave softened by the use of double arches for the vaults and its horseshoe semicircle for the choir. These architectural features echo those of the Chiesa del Carmine in Turin, designed by Filippo Juvara. In particular, the grey coating covering all of the walls and the vault makes this Niçois church resemble buildings in Turin and harks back to Piedmont’s former ownership of Nice.

8 Comments on “Thursday doors #6

      • Oh really? It was just a short visit since we travelled all the way from Loano to San Remo and at the same day to Nice, and also on that same day to Monte Carlo😃. We just walked around the Promenade and through Côte d’ Azur, my daughter enjoyed more the beach side. I would definitely go back there someday, Nice is such a lovely place to visit.


  1. It is a lovely place though, of course, because I live here, I am biased. We also love the ease with which we can visit the Italian Riviera and will be visiting Sanremo in a couple of weeks to watch the Milan – Sanremo bike race.


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