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Cathedral-Basilica of Sainte-réparate: photos, description (Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate de Nice)

Catholic Cathedral-Basilica in nice dedicated to the unknown Russian tourists St. Reparata. But for the locals it's "own" Holy - the patron Saint of nice.

Reparata, fifteen-year-old native of Palestinian Caesarea, suffered for Christ in the year 250: she was beheaded. Say that the Martyr's body was placed in the boat, which the angels brought to the shores of nice (this is one version of the origin of the name "Bay of Angels").

Cathedral Sainte-réparate stands on a small square among the narrow streets of the Old town. The first Church on this site appeared in the XIII century. Nice Cathedral for a long time was situated on Castle hill, but in the first half of the XVI century, it was decided that his Department will be at the bottom, and the parish Church of Sainte-réparate became a Cathedral.

Over time, a small building could no longer accommodate the faithful, and in 1649 the architect Jean-andré Hubert began the reconstruction of the temple. Construction was slow, the money was never enough. 1658 was marred by a horrible incident - the collapsed vault of the nave, the fragments wounded the Bishop, who died in a few hours. Work resumed only after five years. Finally in 1699, the new Cathedral in Baroque style with a dome covered with colored glazed tiles in the Genoese spirit, sanctified.

However, this was not the last reconstruction: between 1731 and 1757 years added a beautiful bell tower, and in the years 1825-1830 and elegant facade adorned by statues of four saints and a kneeling statue of Sainte-réparate directly above the entrance.

Facade of the Cathedral was recently restored. Work continues on the restoration of the luxurious interior, done in the same lush Baroque style with rich decor, Corinthian columns, gilding, murals). Ten of the Cathedral chapels have an interesting history: they belonged to individuals which adorned them, and kept it buried there family members. This practice ceased in the eighteenth century, when the king of the Kingdom of Sardinia, Victor Amadeus III forbade burial in churches.