This is the clock tower of the Lycée Masséna which stands opposite the theatre and modern art museum.
The building shared Nice's chequered history in that it started life as an Augustinian convent in 1623 but with the coming of the revolution became a school. It remained a school, though one governed by the Jesuits, when Nice was returned to Italy while turning back into a state school when Nice was returned to France. Since then the building has been largely rebuilt and extended to welcome a growing number of pupils. It now houses pupils from 16-18 years old though is mainly known for its classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles, more of which another day.
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