Application for
for inclusion in UNESCO
World Heritage list


Exposition en cours : « Nice ou l’invention du tourisme »

75, quai des Etats-Unis

Exposition « Nice ou l’invention du tourisme »
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In summer 2014, the project team for the Nice Promenade des Anglais's inclusion on UNESCO's World Heritage list moved to offices at 75 Quai des Etats-Unis.

Chairmanship of the project was entrusted by the Mayor Nice Christian Estrosi to the former Minister for Communication and Culture, Jean-Jacques Aillagon.

Nice's application (1/2)

The Promenade des Anglais is a symbol of Nice's reputation and prestige in the field of tourism. It is also a symbol of the seafront belonging to the new town built to the west of the Paillon and on the hillsides, boasting architectural heritage in which the many various layers reflect key chapters in the history of tourism and holiday-making from the 18th to 21st centuries.

This history is particularly palpable in the architecture and urban fabric of the city centre, but can also be seen in parts of the Mont-Boron, Le Piol and the Cimiez hill.

Nice's application (2/2)

A seminar bringing together a number of heritage, tourism history and Nice experts in 2014, as well as the work carried out for summer 2015's 14 exhibitions themed around the Promenade(S) and the CUM conferences rolled out throughout 2015, have all enabled us to refine our arguments for inclusion.

Nice's application for inclusion on France's Tentative List was presented by the mayor to the Ministry for Culture and Communication on 23 October 2015.

Relevant steps

To support our application and in the context of developing the "management plan" required for inclusion on the World Heritage List, the mayor felt that four initial procedures needed to be put to the State:

  • Approaching the Ministry for Culture with a view to awarding Nice the national "City of Art and History" label;
  • Requesting "20th Century Heritage" certification for a dozen buildings on the Promenade and in the vicinity;
  • Carrying out an inventory of the 'new town's' architectural heritage based on norms and standards associated with 'France's general inventory of artistic riches' (Loi Malraux);
  • Creating an 'Aire de Mise en Valeur de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine' (Area for Enhancement of Architecture and Heritage, known as 'AVAP') based on an in-depth assessment of the perimeter put forward for consideration in the application.

Les démarches associées

Parallèlement, la Ville de Nice et la Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur ont lancé quatre initiatives en liaison avec les services de l’État et de la Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur :

  • Sollicitation du ministère de la Culture et de la Communication en vue de l’attribution à Nice du label « Ville d’art et d’histoire »,
  • La labellisation « Patrimoine du XXe siècle » pour 8 immeubles en rapport avec l’histoire de la villégiature. Cette labellisation a été accordée par la Commission régionale du patrimoine et des sites en décembre 2015 ;
  • La mise en oeuvre par le service régional de l’Inventaire, d’un inventaire du patrimoine architectural et urbain lié à la villégiature, selon les normes de l’Inventaire général du Ministère de la Culture. Une convention a été signée à ce sujet entre la Ville et la Région le 2 mai 2016 ;
  • La création d’une « Aire de Valorisation de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine », approuvée lors du Conseil métropolitain du 19 février 2016. Le marché d’études a été notifié aux prestataires le 9 novembre 2017 ;
  • La saisine du ministère de la Culture, en vue de l’attribution à Nice du label « Ville d’art et d’histoire ».

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