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Center of the city...
Massena Square is Nice’s geographic centre. Originally created in 1832 has the name of one of the city's most famous citizens. Jean-André Masséna (1758–1817) was born in Nice and he was famous as military commander during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.
The square is big enough and it is a relaxing point for the people passing by and you can have some nice photos near the fountains. We did this, we checked the statues and the pine trees and after a while we had to choose of going to the shops near by like most of the locals usually do or entering the Old Town. We did the second of course...
Place Messena--Nice's beautiful central square
Place Massena is an attractive square surrounded by shops and restaurants which are concentrated along the Rue Messina, a pedestrian only zone. A cluster of rich, red colored buildings mark the spot--it's hard to overlook them!
This popular square was named for Marshal Massena, a man described as both "canny and corrupt" who managed to collect a number of distinguished titles throughout his career.
Like most squares, pretty flower plots and scattered benches welcome its visitors each day to people watch or rest their weary legs.
- Family Travel
Go on a SHOPPING SPREE along...
Go on a SHOPPING SPREE along PLACE MASSENA here in NICE. France's #1 department store, GALERIES LAFAYETTE is also located here (see photo below. Galeries Lafayette is just directly behind me housed in that quaint pinkish-red building). But please, please be careful when you're around this area because there are literally lots of gypsy pickpockets here! I was robbed in broad daylight - right here - by 3 gypsy children.
(For more details, please read my comments under the 'Warnings' section).
The merchandise sold in Galeries Lafayette store here in Nice is much cheaper than the main outlet in Paris, I feel. Costume jewellery is inexpensive; and so is Clarins (French skin care and make-up) products.
- Casino and Gambling
Unfortunately, place Massena was still being restored while we were in Nice, but it was impossible not to notice how beautiful this square is. I was really impressed by the lines that dominate this wonderful spot. Take a look at my pics: everything moves around round lines.
La Place Massena
This is the true heart of Nice. On the northern side of the square you will find elegant buildings with arcades tinted in that famous Pompeian red. To the East, enjoy a beautiful perspective with a view towards the hills with their Tuscan charm. The huge fountain, whose bronzes signed by Alfred Jannoit represent the planets of the solar system, is a favorite meeting place for tourists.
- Luxury Travel
- Family Travel
Main square in Nice
You'll probably end up passing through here at one point or another during your trip to Nice. The central point of Nice at the southern end of Avenue Jean Medecin. The square has a large array of fountains and gardens.
- Historical Travel
The Place Massena was opened in June 2007. It is a wide-open pedestrianised square, watch out for the trams though. The square has its critics, due to lack of shade & greenery. I loved the open feel to it, especially when the sun lit up the surrounding buildings. It was busy with people both day & night, and a great place to sit & relax.
The square contains a fountain as well as seven figures sat atop giant poles facing each other. Both the fountain and the sculptures are illuminated at night.
The most famous square
This huge square can't be missed when in Nice.
It's surrounded by the Albert I and Massena gardens and the imposing red-coloured buildings. Not to mention the fountains.
This is where a parade, show or other events often take place.
- Arts and Culture
- Hiking and Walking
Considered the centre of the city, Place Massena is the stage for the festivities during le Carnaval de Nice. The elegant buildings around the square date from 1850 and mix the arcades of rue de Rivoli in Paris with Italianate architecture. The most distinguishing feature is the rose coloured façades of the encircling buildings.
Massena Square - Fountaine du Soleil. No doubt one of Nice’s most famous places where the cities life revolves. Originally created in 1832, it has been redesigned several times since then and in 1852 it was finally named in honour of one of the city's most famous citizens.
This beautifully landscaped plaza of fountains, statues, trees, flowers, etc. Residents and tourists alike can be seen strolling around this square and admiring the pretty gardens and lovely architecture.
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
Need a break? Promenade du Paillon might help you
If you've been to Nice a few years ago, you might remember the main bus station. If you haven't been following the latest news, it no longer exists at that place.
After extensive work for what it seemed a very long time, the "Promenade du Paillon" was open almost at the end of 2013. It's a promenade with some trees, kids' games, wood benches, fountains... Just don't feel tempted to sit on the grass or to drink alcohol here because it's forbidden and police officers will remind you about it.
Public toilets are available and it costs 0,50 €.
From October 1st to Mars 31st : from 7h00 AM to 9h00 PM
From April 1st to September 30th : from 7h00 AM to 11h00 PM
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
Place Massena is the center...
Place Massena is the center of Nice. The pedestrian shopping street Rue de France runs from the end of the Place Massena, parallel to the seaside. Here you will find shops, restaurants and cafés with outdoor terraces - a great place to sit and relax.
PLACE MASSENA (Massena Square)...
PLACE MASSENA (Massena Square) is virtually the heart of the city. What a pity the Sun Fountain is no longer there (there is a huge palm tree in its place now). Take a look at one of its bronze sculptures.
Great - especially in evenings
Place Massena is nice place to visit in the daytime, but it looks wonderful in evenings. Look at photos - in evenings Place Massena get sensation of mysteriousness and fountain very good belongs to this atmosphere.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Technically, Place Massena is part of the Old Town, but it has a completely different feel. Cut through by Nice's ultra modern tram line, the wide open plaza stands apart from the tight streets of Vieux Nice. And the resin sculptures of the Seven Buddhas, meditating high up on their plinths, lend the square a possibly post-modern look. Only the Fontaine du Soleil, with its great statue of Apollo, survives from earlier times, but even that was removed completely from the square only to be returned in 2007.
Today the square is the bustling heart of Nice. Tourists alight the tram to start their visit to Vieux Nice, or the beaches along Promenade des Anglais.Local shoppers begin their walk along the department stores of Avenue Jean-Medicin. And children rush along Promenade de Paillon, to dance in the fountain or run free in the great playground further on.
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