Firstly some facts...for two centuries there has been a strong Russian presence on the Cote d'Azur, composed mostly of the nobility and other influential people who followed the example of the Dowager Czarina, Alexandra Feodorovna when she moved to Nice for health reasons in the 1850s. To sustain their faith an orthodox church was built in Rue Longchamp but as the community grew it was considered necessary to build something bigger and more in keeping with the importance of the community.
To this end Czar Nicholas II gave the land which was his property and the first stone was laid in 1903 and the project finished in 1912.
The facts, of course, do little to explain the sight of all this Russian magnificence framed by fairly ordinary french apartment blocks and the Cathedral with the sun shining off its enamelled roofs tiles is enough to take your breath away. I can't believe that I've lived here so long and never seen it before but I'm so pleased I have done now.
I'm sorry that I will not be able to show you the interior. No photos are allowed and though I've searched can't find any on internet but I will try again..
Long live Rebellion!
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