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Visiting the railroad station of Nice-Ville, France: Louis XIII-style by Louis-Jules Bouchot, dating from 1867
Recalling an Imperial era
This fine — even opulent — building in what is sometimes referred to as Louis XIII-style, situated in Nice, in the Alpes-Maritimes department of France, dates from 1867.
Some history and features
Its architect was Louis-Jules Bouchot (1817-1907)(1), who was noted for his contributions to European railroad architecture.
Features of this ornate structure include a frontage in red brick and stone, of which a large clock forms the prominent centre-piece, and recurring stone arching.
When this building was erected, the City of Nice and its surrounding historic country had been definitively incorporated into metropolitan France for only a few years. The rail link northwards, and the city's attachment to France proved to be a profound, psychological adjustment for local people; the building, too, marked a stylistic movement away from a local, Mediterranean identity.
Not accomplished immediately at the building's inception, but still an integral part of this railroad station's artistic heritage, are fine wall paintings in the restaurant by Eugène-Baptiste Émile Dauphin (1857-1930).
The building was one of the later, great public works in France which occurred under the patronage of the Second Empire of Napoleon III.
Nice-Ville station (French: Gare de Nice-Ville ) is situated on Avenue Thiers, in the city: it is sometimes even referred to as Gare Thiers . The term Nice-Ville distinguishes it from various, other, smaller raliroad stations which serve the city.
June 13, 2012
(1) Other works by architect Bouchot, who studied at the École des Beaux-Arts , Paris, include the central railroad station of Milan, Italy and the Avignon-Centre, France, railroad station.
Also worth visiting
In Nice itself, among the numerous visitor attractions are the famous Promenade anglaise on NIce Bay (French: Baie de Nice ); the old city (French: Vieux-Nice ) has many fine buildings, including Sainte-Réparate Cathedral; the 11th - 18th century château de Nice , overlooks the city from a hill, and recalls the ancient County of Nice (French: Comté de Nice ); and many others.
Monaco Town, Principality of Monaco (distance: 21 kilometres) has numerous, fine buildings, including the Prince's Palace and its Napoleonic Museum; its Cathedral; its Palace of Justice, and many others.
How to get there: Delta Airlines flies direct from New York to Nice, France (Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur ), where car rental is available. There are regular bus links from Nice airport to Downtown Nice and Nice-Ville railroad station. Some facilities may be withdrawn, without notice. For up to date information, please check with the airline or your travel agent. For border crossing arrangements which may apply to travellers of certain nationalities, please consult the appropriate consular sources.
MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada.
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