Thursday Doors from Nice

I needed a holiday after my mission in Delhi. Nice was very nice.

Aristocratic Russians loved the South of France. Tsar Nicholas II financed the construction of the Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, which opened its doors in 1912. But not all of them; the door with the marble staircase was reserved for the Tsar, but he never came to Nice so it has remained bolted shut. It is dedicated to the memory of the Tsarevich, who died of meningitis in the mid 1860s in the city. If you visit, engage Tatiana to give you the full tour, she is an excellent guide.

Down in the ilots of the Old Town, the summer heat can be oppressive, so the doors are all angled to catch every breath of breeze. The fanlights above the doors are open to provide natural air conditioning.

The Lascaris Palace (converted into a museum, with a stunning collection of antique musical instruments) looks like an ordinary house in the old town until you go inside. It was built in the 17th Century, but these doors are Italian. The hinges were offset to prevent the bottom of the doors rubbing away the knap of the expensive carpets and rugs. They also prevented drafts and reduced the weight of the doors. Their embellishment in silver plating inlaid into the wood, covered with silverleaf, illustrates the rococo style.

Fancy doctors’ offices, Our Lady of the Port church, doors opening onto the balcony on the Garibaldi Square, painting the door of a chapel at the hilltop cemetery, and a glass-covered walkway to a door in a fine apartment block.



11 Replies to “Thursday Doors from Nice”

  1. I can well imagine you needed a holiday and that you enjoyed this. Great variety in your gallery today. That first pair isn’t what I would have expected from Nice…and I liked “Nice is nice.” Of course it is and good is good and… đŸ™‚ Happy Thursday! Where are you off to next?


  2. And some may like a flutter
    in Bombay or Calcutta
    But they might have trouble with the p’lice

    Other places may be fun
    But when all is said and done
    It is so much nicer in Nice

    (imagine in a Noel Coward kind of voice).

  3. Isn’t Nice beautiful! Regretfully I didn’t know about Thurs. Door when we were there. But we did see the Chagall museum – superb (and photography was allowed!)
    I know this is a little too late, but somehow I never read that you worked with survivors of sex violence. Why there? (Am retired, but before had several clients with the same diagnosis).

    1. I have lots of photos of Chagall’s paintings, too. I worked in Delhi because it is the rape capital of India. You may have heard of a young paramedic known as “Nirbaya” who was brutally gang raped in 2012 on a public bus in Delhi? There are about 6 rapes a day in the capital. MSF felt that these people were disadvantaged and needed help.

      1. Since my grad. education was in the States, and they still have kind of an island mentality, I don’t know much about “conditions” in the rest of the world.
        So do you do more preventive care, or more PTSD care?

  4. We adopt a bio-psycho-social approach. Bio=medical care for acute injuries, documentation, evidence collection, treatment to prevent infections and unwanted pregnancy. Psychological care, basic first aid to begin with, then helping women understand their options (especially domestic violence cases), but if still symptomatic after initial care, move on to PTSD treatment and even referral to specialist psychiatrist. Social = helping women to get out of the cycle of violence, referring to police unit (“Crime against women”), mediation with other NGOs involved, further education, training, job skills, shelter accommodation, etc.

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