Place Messena is a large square that is bounded by the Jardin Albet 1 on the west side, the Promenade Du Paillon on the east side, the Fountain Du Soleil on the south Side and the Luxe Department Store Galleries Lafayette on the North Side. This Public Square was named after a local French marshal called Andre Massena and it was built in the early 19th century when Nice was part of the Kingdom of Sardinia and since then has undergone several renovations until 2007. at Present this square host many red buildings built in Italian Turin Style and hosts many retail shops and luxe shops and even some restaurants and cafes. around the fontaine du Soleil area are the public trams, a mini train and also the Nice Rickshaws are located.
As we visited Nice at Christmas time, Place Massena, Nice's main square, had been converted into a Christmas Village. It had a giant ferris wheel, an ice palace, an ice-skating rink, a huge Christmas tree and many Christmas stalls selling food,drink and Christmas gifts. The Fountain of the Sun with its huge Apollo statue had been converted into a giant snow globe.
Place Massena or Massena Square is Nice’s main square which links Nice's Old and New Towns. It is surrounded by beautiful old buildings, all painted red.
The Fontaine du Soleil or the Sun Fountain is located near the old town end of the square. As we were there at Christmas, the fountain with its giant statue of Apollo had been enclosed and turned into a giant snowglobe. .
Also in the square seven statues by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa sit on top of tall poles. These are lit up in bright colors at night.
Massena Square is mainly pedestrianized but is open to Nice's trams. During our visit the whole square had become Nice's Christmas Village. I will write about this in a separate tip.
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.
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
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.