Rue de la Poissonerie

It pays to look up along here!

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Turn left at the eastern end of the Cours Saleya into the Rue de la Poissonerie leading from the Place de la Poissonerie. Poissonerie in French means fish market.

The old street in the heart of the Vieux Ville looks much as it has done for hundreds of years. Look out for an unusual image attached to the wall of an upper storey as you wander along.

Adam and Eve

Back in the 16th Century rich Niçois used to adorn the façades of their mansions with bas-reliefs. This one, from 1584 and recently renovated by the Niçois frescoist Guy Ceppa, shows Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, dancing naked except for a tastefully arranged covering of vines, and brandishing clubs. It appears that they are intent on adding murder, or at the very least actual bodily harm, to their other misdemeanours!

This particular bas-relief is especially striking (pun not intended!) and always fascinates those  passers by who actually look up. If you look carefully, it bears the initials LT which happen to be those of the original owner Lazarus Terese.

NOTE: The modern Fishmarket is located in the Place St-François also in Vieux Nice.

At A Glance

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