Eglise de Gésu

Address: 12 Rue Droite, Nice, 06000, France
Telephone: +33 493 623520

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Shouting at the Lord.

Nice rarely hides its feelings on any subject and certainly not on religion. The assumption seems to be that God will only listen if you shout at Him with an exuberance of colour and eye-roasting décor. This is expressed brilliantly in the city’s world-beating collection of baroque churches.

The most impressive is probably the the Chapelle de la Miséricorde  on Cours Saleya, but that's only open on Tuesday afternoons. The Jesuit-inspired Eglise du Gésu is a pretty startling second-best. You'll note that the lower levels of the Church are relatively sober, for these are close to the earth and therefore then realm of Man.

Things begin to go extravagantly ornate - some might say bonkers - at the higher levels of the church ... as we approach the divine realm.

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