Cathedral Sainte Reparate Nice Cathedral in Place Rosetti
The city of Nice has many lovely churches, chapels and cathedrals. Each one is named after a local Saint or one has become attached to the city through Christian legend. The Cathedral Sainte Reparate one of these, located in the old town of Nice.
History of the Cathedral
Situated in the Place Rosetti, this beautiful cathedral is a sight to behold. Hisotric records tell us it was formerly a priory of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Pons. It was made into a cathedral in 1590.
What to see inside
Moving inside the cathedral, there are 10 chapels that belong to all the families who participate in its maintenance. One thing to note is that the colourful decoration you see before you is original, and has not been changed. There is a magnificent XVIIIth Century bell tower that dominates the surroundings. Its dome is covered in ceramic tiles. Look out for the marble choir balustrade.
The story of Saint Reparate
This goes as far back as the IIIrd Century AD. At this time France was known as Gaul and part of the Roman Empire. The emperor at this time was Gaius Decius. He decreed that every citizen has to make sacrifices to the state gods.
Sanctified for not being easy to kill
The story of Saint Reparate's execution is what sanctified him. It took three attempts to achieve it;
Christian legend finishes the story by suggesting that angels brought the boat safely to shore. His remains were buried in an old town chapel.
October 8th is Saint Reparate's day
We would however recommend you arrive on the previous Sunday. There is a celebratory procession that moves through the narrow small streets of Place Rosetti with a lovely fountain in its centre.
Catholicism in France
France was once one of the main pillars of European Catholicism, but this way of life slowly evolved to a more secular following the French Revolution of 1789. Its presence is still felt and seen in all the churches and cathedrals that pepper France’s countryside and cities, but especially in the Saint name days. Almost every day in France is named after a saint, whether male or female.