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13 January 2020

Nice nominated for UNESCO World Heritage status

Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, and Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, have announced the City of Nice's nomination for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List, as "Capital of Riviera Tourism".


Nice, a development model for culture, heritage and tourism

With such scenic assets as the Promenade des Anglais, Mont Boron and the Cimiez and Baumettes hills, the City of Nice is a wholly deserving candidate for the title of "Capital of Riviera Tourism" as a listed UNESCO World Heritage site.

The nomination focuses on the city's appeal as a seaside resort for tourists thanks to its climate, highlighting:
  • the long-standing history of its function as a tourist destination from the 18th century;
  • the exclusive role that this function played in the city's development until 1960;
  • the continuity of this tourism-oriented purpose over two centuries (1760 – 1960);
  • the city’s cosmopolitanism, from the outset, a purpose which then gained international ground.
This nomination will be examined by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee during its July 2021 session.

An avant-garde city

It was in Nice that a new type of urban planning emerged in the late 18th century aimed at transforming the town into a winter resort and later a summer resort. Nestled between the mountains and the sea, a cosmopolitan new town gradually developed between 1760 and 1960, determined by its function as a resort.

As such, owing to its urban scale and the diversity of its heritage, Nice is an exemplary model of a Riviera town.
"The case of Nice, which we decided to champion this year, is utterly original. It showcases the heritage value of an innovative type of urban development: cosmopolitan and leisure-oriented. What occurred in Nice, starting in the late 18th century, was the invention of an important part of our modernity."
Franck Riester, Minister of Culture