Created in 1852, the Albert I Garden is one of the oldest in the city of Nice. Lawns, fountains, works of art and plant species delight the people of Nice and holidaymakers who love to sit here to enjoy some sunbathing. At its southern entrance, a huge statue has stood since 1896 on which a winged Victory is perched, celebrating the accession of the County of Nice to France. Inside the park, many other monuments have been erected over the years. Among the most notable, the magnificent Bandstand, the incredible Arc de Venet 115º5, 19 metres in height, and the enchanting Fountain of the Three Graces.
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Today, the Albert I Garden hosts many cultural events at the very heart of the park or the Théâtre de Verdure, inaugurated in 1946. The Book Festival, the Côte d'Azur Garden Festival and many concerts take place there throughout the year. But the most sought-after event is the Nice Jazz Festival which, after spending its early years in the garden of Cimiez, has found a special place in this park in the city centre since 2011.
Jardin Albert-Ier is one of the oldest public gardens in Nice and the first to have connected the old town with the new. In the heart of the city and by the sea, it forms, with Esplanade du Paillon and Square Leclerc, a ribbon of vegetation stretching over more than 2 kilometres.
This garden was built between 1861 and 1890, designed by the engineer Durandy from Nice. Successively known as Jardin des Plantes, Jardin Paradis, then simply Jardin Public, it was named for King Albert I of Belgium in 1914.
This French-style garden is made up of a vast lawn with many, often rare, plants. It also features a theatre in the green (Théâtre de Verdure), a bandstand built in 1868, the ‘Tritons’ fountain’ and, more recently, a monumental 19m-high metal sculpture by Bernar Venet, L’Arc 115°5. Near the pedestrian streets with their many fine shops, Jardin Albert-Ier is a natural haven in the city centre!