Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Palais Emelyne


After that brief look at Palm Beach we're back in Nice. If you enjoy architecture then there's plenty to look at in the town centre. Styles vary wildly depending on which period of history they were built in and to which country Nice belonged to at the time and then there are the names: take this one for example. The word Palais locally means simply a large building not necessarily a palace, though there are some of those too.
This one, Emelyne, just escapes the Belle Epoque period being built in 1923, though it does have several features from that time. The building had just undergone a renovation and was softly glowing in the morning sunlight.
For the last few years the council's policy seems to have been to restore these fine old buildings where possible. Some of the newer developments, without grace or beauty, that line the Promenade des Anglais are a disgrace..

13 comments:

Olivier said...

une façade magnifique, on dirait de l'ivoire.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

magnificent facade. Also, i like your Russian Orthodox church photos.

Virginia said...

Pristine! How they remain so is a mystery. Maybe because you don't have much industry and not as many cars, the pollution isn't an issue like we have here.
V

WillThink4Wine said...

What a graceful building! I love old architecture!

JM said...

Gorgeous façade! What an amazing building this is! Railings are also beautiful.

Wayne said...

Reminds me of icing on a cake.

Catherine said...

Like the frame with black leaves that reminds the black ironworks of the balconies. Sixty years before we would have called it Palazzo !

I 'll be at Menton from february
21st to 28th, we will attend to La Fête des Citrons.

alicesg said...

Wow, this is so beautiful. The balcony have such beautiful architectural designs. Would imagine myself standing there waving a hankie to a handsome man downstairs...lolol.

Dusty Lens said...

A real gem! Love this architecture.

Hilda said...

That is just fabulous! I'm glad your old buildings are getting restored — it'd be a shame if jewels like this are neglected.

Sorry to hear about the graceless new ones though.

Sharon said...

What a beauty!

Jilly said...

Such a beautiful building, Angela. Like a wedding cake!

humanobserver said...

Splendid....Amazing details....