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French government selects Nice's candidacy for inscription on the World Heritage List

The Nice application file is deeply original. It is about recognizing the heritage value of a new and cosmopolitan type of town planning.

Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, President of the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolitan area, Deputy President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d´Azur Region:

"I am delighted with the honor given to us by the French Government in retaining the candidacy of" Nice, the tourism capital of the Riviera "for inscription on the World Heritage List to present it to UNESCO. I would like to express all my gratitude to the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron who, by this choice, gives Nice recognition of the quality of the project proposed by our city. The World Heritage Committee will thus be able, as of its plenary session, to decide on this candidacy on 2021 after its instruction by ICOMOS experts.

The Government’s decision crowns the successful national phase of this candidacy which I started in 2012, by entrusting the management to Jean-Jacques Aillagon.

The object of the candidacy is the urban complex of almost 600 hectares, from 1760 to the present day, by two and a half centuries of tourist activity and by the exclusive role that it has played in urban development in Nice.

This complex is characterized by its regulated town planning, its green spaces planted with exotic species, its walks including the emblematic Promenade des Anglais, its resort heritage, reflecting contributions from around the world, with its villas, hotels, its palaces, its "palais", its residential buildings, as well as its places of worship and sociability.

Tourism, a major phenomenon in the contemporary world and whose excesses are sometimes deplored, has also been conducive to the creation of an original heritage, carrying exceptional universal value. Nice attests to this. "


 

Article publishd on 14th January 2020