Today, i would love to write about the most famous public garden in Nice which offers you the best view in the city: Colline du Chateau.
According to the records, the construction of Castle of Nice started in 11th century on a rocky hill overlooking the Nice Bay. However, it had suffered three notable sieges until its destruction in 18th century.
The siege of 1543
In 1543, the castle of Nice besieged by the troops of François I and Suleiman the Magnificent. Due to the damage caused by the Franco-Turkish siege, Duke Emmanuel-Philibert pioneered a deep reorganisation of a new defense system and commanded to replace the northern suburb by a citadel and to slide the city habitat to the lower city (nowadays, we call there Vieux-Nice).
The siege of 1643
At the end of seventeenth century, the city was blocked by an enclosure. The works were finished just before the siege of 1691 and also, taking back the city and the castle by French army which commanded by marshall Catinat. After the Treaty of Turin in 1696, the city officially returned to the Savoy.
The siege of 1705
The quarrels of the success of Spain pushed Louis XIV to go back into a conflict with Victor-Amédée II. Therefore, In the spring of 1705, the French armies commanded by the next marshall La Feuillade campaigned one more time. After a long battle, at last, the castle is destructed by the command of le Roi Soleil.
Nowadays, the hill is used as a public garden in which the locals can walk around and play whereas the tourists can enjoy the view of the promenade and the port. Also, it allows you to take a walk under the trees, to take some fresh air, to observe the paintings over there, to watch the little waterfall etc.
It takes just 15 minutes from Place Masséna (or 10 minutes from Opéra - Vieille Ville) on foot. Go to Promenade des Anglais, turn to east and walk until that you see the red stairs. Before going up, just observe the area because you will realize two things:
- When the street automatically turns to right, it offers you the breathtaking view of the city. It is really a nice spot to the ones who would like to obtain a souvenir by taking a selfie or asking somebody else to take a picture of you.
- If you continue straight, you will find the hashtag #ILoveNice. It is also a nice souvenir, especially for the youth. But remember, the hashtag has an enormous demand so that you will may have to wait a bit.
And also, you will find out a gnomon on the ground but you will not realize it immediately because the people who will be waiting for the hashtag will stand on it.
And now, it is the time to tell how i took this picture. Since i established this blog, i have been considering to explain it because usually the photographers do not help each other so that you have to find what you want to put on your frame on your own. On the other hand, i have an habitude. I usually do not want anybody to suffer as much as i did.
When you go back to the stairs, you will realize that you have actually two options to go up; the stairs and the elevator below them (and it only takes you to the first floor). I suggest you to take the stairs because it offers you much more angles than the top and you do not have to go up so much.Also, the stairs are much less crowded than the hill as the middle-aged tourists usually prefer the elevator. :) But, you can even climb just ten or twelve stairs, capture the view and go back to the elevator. It is up to you.
When you go up to the first floor, you will discover a balcony which offers you the sea in a wider angle and two paintings in oil. Unfortunately you will not be able to take the picture of the bay perfectly because the more you go up, the higher trees welcome you. When you go on top, you finally reach the garden where you can take your dog, play football, have a picnic, ride your bike, run, let your child to the playground etc. In order to see the port of Nice, you have to across the hill. The little balcony which provides you the only clear angle to see the port is next to the playground.
Over there, you can observe the view and another painting. Also, you will find a board which tells the history of the port. You can also see it on the picture. It is below my left hand.
Well, my suggestion is to visit there before midday because the sun allows you to take the picture of the city view only before midday. If you visit there in the afternoon, probably your photos will be brighter whereas the objects will not be clear enough. The water flowing from the fountains are fortunately drinkable even though they flow extremely slowly and they are several.