The Chur Saleya road, famous for its flea market and flower markets, runs between the old town and the sea.
In addition to the Flower Market, this area of Nice is famous for its historical sights.
In particular, right on Cours Saleya is the medieval chapel Mis? Racorde, which is a unique architectural value. The opera house on Saint-Francois de Paul is also worth a visit. And if you go to the eastern edge of Cours Saleya and then turn left, you will find yourself right in the center of Old Nice.
The narrow streets here will delight you with chic opportunities to continue shopping and various attractions.
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Kur-Saleya is the main pedestrian street of the Old Town. This is perhaps the most lively and fun place in Nice: here is one of the most famous open markets in the south of France.
The street runs parallel to the embankment of Eta Uni and extends from the rue Saint-Francois de Paul in the west to the dance of Charles Felix in the east. Wide space is divided by counters under striped awnings. They sell vegetables, fruits, bread and flowers, which are as much an integral part of local life as delicious food, wine and the Mediterranean Sea. In addition, the stalls are filled with jams, candied fruits, honey, cheeses, sausages, olives, spices, Provencal soap. And, of course, lavender is definitely sold here.
This market is not only for locals - tourists love it, especially those who rent an apartment in the Old Town. Knowledgeable people come here from six to eight in the morning, buy canvas bags for food and go around all the counters, carefully choosing what to buy. When the choice is made, you must put the goods yourself in a special plastic bowl, and the seller will weigh everything - convenient for those who do not speak French. Bargaining is not accepted. Tourists are happy to buy flowers in the hotel room, fresh fruit for breakfast, a sachet for souvenirs or bread and cheese for a picnic on Castle Hill.
Grocery and flower markets are open every day, except Mondays - on Mondays, antique dealers are located here. In fact, this is a flea market: a lot of old things are exhibited, from furniture to spoons and forks. Paintings, tapestries, dishes, jewelry, leather goods, crystal, knick-knacks - there is nothing to list.
In addition to the pleasure of exploring the counters, the tourist also receives aesthetic joy: around are old houses, the sea glistens through their through arches. The yellow building of the Palais de Perla is famous for the fact that Henri Matisse once lived on its third floor. Nearby stands the charming baroque chapel of Mercy, and if you go to the end of the street to the west, you can see the opera house.
After shopping comes the most enjoyable part of the visit - lunch. You can eat here literally anywhere: Kur-Saleya is filled with cafes and restaurants, and in the evening, when the market closes, customers are seated across the entire width of the street. The tourist wearily sits down in a chair, orders the famous bouillabaisse fish soup, the most authentic nisuaz salad or cakes of chickpea flour juice - and he again has the strength to walk around Nice.
Cours Saleya - Cours Saleya
GPS coordinates: 43 ° 41 & # 39 44 & # 39 & # 39 NW, 7 ° 16 & # 39 25 & # 39 & # 39 VD - 43 ° 41 & # 39 43 & # 39 & # 39 US, 7 ° 16 & # 39 38 & # 39 & # 39 VD
The main pedestrian street of the Old Town of Nice is one of its main and popular attractions. It is known, first of all, for the famous Flower market. It runs parallel to the US embankment in one block from it.
The history of the origin of the alley, as well as its name, Chur Salei, is not exactly known. It is believed that there used to be a line of coastal fortifications along which houses were built. At the end of the 18th century. Due to its convenient location in the very center of the Old Town and at the same time in the immediate vicinity of the promenade, this street has become a popular place for vacationers to walk.
Chur Saleya is a straight street with a length of about 300 m. With rows of trading counters covered with awnings. This is the so-called Flower market - one of the most famous in all of France. Here, in addition to flowers, vegetables, fruits, bread, all kinds of spices, sweets and much more are sold. And on Mondays, antique dealers come here to offer various antique items: furniture, dishes, paintings, souvenirs, jewelry, and various outlandish things.
On the west side, the alley starts from the street Francois de Paul, being its continuation. Here you can see a beautiful neoclassical building, it is - Nice Opera. It was originally built by the architect Benedict Brunati in 1826. But in 1881 it was seriously damaged due to a fire that arose during the performance. Then 200 people died, in memory of which a monument was erected in the cemetery of the Chateau Hill. After that, the opera building was rebuilt. Its author was a student of Gustave Eiffel Francois He. Now the Nice Opera House is considered the best provincial stage in the whole country.
At the very beginning of the Cours Saleiia avenue, on the corner with Louis Gassion Street, there is a house in which the Benoit Visconti library was opened in 1839, which over time became a famous literary salon. There were such famous writers as: Alexander Dumas the father, Guy de Maupassant, Prosper Merime, Ivan Turgenev, as well as the famous musician Niccolo Paganini and others.
Approximately in the center of the alley from the north side, the square of Gauthier adjoins it. Its entire far side is magnificent Palace of the Kings of Sardinia. This building was erected at the direction of Count Emanuel Philibert in 1559 as the residence of the then rulers of Savoy. In 1720, after the accession of Nice to the Sardinian kingdom, the palace became royal. And after joining France, the building became the Prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes region. So Napoleon III ordered and presented two busts, symbolizing Glory and Peace, which now stand in front of the palace entrance.
The interior of the Doorway of the Kings of Sardinia is also luxurious. Of particular note is the large hall for celebrations, large and small dining rooms with their rococo decoration, Venetian glass chandeliers and paintings by Henry Leriche, as well as a southern gallery with a winter garden, decorated with paintings by the artist Jules Sheret on the theme of the Nice Carnival.
On the right corner in front of Place Gauthier is another architectural attraction - chapel of mercy in the baroque style. It was designed by Turin architect Bernardo Antonio Vuitton in 1747-70. The interior of the chapel is decorated with marble stucco, gold and magnificent frescoes. The most valuable work here is The Mercy of the Virgin with the image of the Virgin Mary, executed, presumably, by Louis Brera.
The street of Chur Salei ends at its eastern end with a small square of Charles Felix - King of Sardinia. In its far corner stands the chapel of the Holy Trinity and the Holy Shroud, belonging to the Brotherhood of the Red Penitents. Her small neoclassical building was erected in the 17th century. and rebuilt in 1824-25. And if you turn left at the very beginning of the square to the north, you can see a house decorated with an elegant bas-relief using the grisaille technique. This is the so-called house of Adam and Eve. It was built in the 16th century. and in those days there were many painted houses of this kind in the city. Currently, he is the only survivor of them. The house depicts a man and a woman with loincloths and clubs, which they called Adam and Eve.
Throughout its length, the alley is filled with cafes and restaurants. In the evening, when the market closes, they seat their visitors across the entire width of the street. It offers magnificent views of the sea and mountains.