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French city of Nice wins UNESCO world heritage status


French city of Nice wins UNESCO world heritage status

The southern French city of Nice has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee’s list of world heritage sites.

UNESCO announced its decision in a tweet, calling Nice -- famous for its mild climate -- the "Winter resort town of the Riviera".

Nice joins more than 40 other world heritage sites in France, 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 in reaction to the announcement.

With close to one million inhabitants, greater Nice is the second-biggest city on the French Mediterranean coast after Marseille, and the fifth-biggest in France.

Nice is a tourist hotspot, attracting several million visitors per year, and its airport is one of France’s busiest.

The World Heritage Committee added a total of 13 cultural sites to UNESCO’s World Heritage List and one extension to an existing cultural site in Mexico.

For more information about the 13 new world heritage sites, visit the UNESCO website here:

*Image of Nice by Prosag-Media from Pixabay