Tens of thousands of tourists come to Nice each year, but most don’t even notice that some of the most impressive works of art are literally in front of their eyes. This example of trompe-l’oeil (optical illusion) is one of the best that you’ll find painted on buildings around town.
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The side of this building that faces the Esplanade Georges Pompidou is entirely trompe-l’oeil. The only real architectural element on this otherwise flat surface is the overhanging gutter at the very top. The building is across the street from the 9 Oblique Lines sculpture on the Promenade des Anglais. To help orient you, the Nice Opera House is a two-minute walk east. The Google Maps image on the right is from October 2010, before the building was painted.
To take a look at additional examples of trompe-l’oeil in Nice, check out our blog post “Fake views: Trompe-l’oeil in Nice”