In the second half of the XIX century, a large Russian community settled in Nice, which at time belonged to Italy. In 1859, the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna ordered the construction of an orthodox basilica that would have become the official religious place for her fellow emigrant citizens. Saint Nicolas Cathedral was inaugurated in 1912. It presents a Greek cross plan, six onion domes, and a rich decoration in red tiles, gray marble, and polychrome ceramics. The ticket, which enables you to admire the wooden icons preserved in the basilica, is about 2,50 euros.