UNESCO adds French city of Nice to its world heritage list

Photo: EPA People enjoy the sun on a beach of the `Promenade des Anglais` in Nice, 13 June 2021 (reissued 27 July 2021).

UNESCO announced in a tweet on Tuesday that it had added the French Mediterranean city of Nice to its world heritage list, AFP reported. The United Nation's cultural organisation calls Nice, famous for its mild climate, the "Winter resort town of the Riviera". Nice joins France's more than 40 world heritage sites which include the banks of the river Seine in Paris, the Amiens cathedral, the Mont Saint Michel and stretches of the Loire Valley.

"The history of Nice, which is at the same time deeply rooted and open, Mediterranean and Alpine, European and cosmopolitan, has produced an architecture and a landscape that are unique, a model for many other cities in the world," Nice's mayor Christian Estrosi said after the announcement.

With close to one million inhabitants, Nice is the second-biggest city on the French Mediterranean coast after Marseille, and the fifth-biggest in France. It is a tourist hotspot with several million visitors per year, and its airport is one of the country's busiest.

Nicknamed "Nice and Beautiful", the city attracted European aristocracy from the 18th century, starting with British royalty who had the seafront "Promenade des Anglais" ("Promenade of the English") named after them.

Painters including Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse also stayed there, as did writers Anton Chekhov and Friedrich Nietzsche.

The seafront walk became the scene of a murderous attack on 14 July  2016, when a 31-year-old Tunisian drove a truck into crowds gathered for fireworks to celebrate France's national holiday. Eighty-six people, including 15 children, were killed in the attack for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility.

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