A Bit of Russia in Nice, France

Saint Nicolas Orthodox Cathedral is a Russian Orthodox Cathedral twenty minutes on foot from our place. It is owned by the Russian Federation and is a national monument in France. In 1864 after the railway was constructed to reach Nice, the Grand Duke of Russia, Nicholas Alexandrovich, visited the city and began an association with the French Riviera. The cathedral was then built in memory of the Grand Duke some time after he had passed.


We stepped inside the cathedral and I have no pictures to share because no photos were allowed. We joined the last mass in progress and stood in silence as we observed the gold lacquer storyboard of Christ. Candles illuminated the room, and a choir sang a lovely song that reminded me of Ave Maria. The smell of incense filled the room and people came and went as they respectfully bowed and crossed their bodies while entering and leaving. It was a peaceful experience and we stepped away when the time felt right. I observed the cathedral one last time before we left the premise.




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