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Cimiez (French pronunciation: [simje]; Italian:Cimella) is an upper class neighborhood in Nice, southern France. The area contains the Musée Matisse and the ruins of Cemenelum, capital of the Ancient Roman province Alpes Maritimae on the Ligurian coast. Cemenelum was an important rival of Nice, continuing to exist as a separate city till the time of the Lombard invasions. The ruins include an arena, amphitheater, thermal baths, and paleochristian basilica.
Also here can be found the Cimiez Monastery and church that have been used by the Franciscan friars since the 16th century. The church with a baroque altar from the seventeenth century and a marble cross from 1477 houses the paintings Pietà (triptych from 1475), Crucifixion (1512) and Deposition (1515) by the Italian medieval artist Ludovico Brea. On display are also more than 300 documents and works of art from the 15th to 18th centuries. Buried in the cemetery near the monastery are the painters Henri Matisse and Raoul Dufy, alongside the winner of the 1937 Nobel Prize for Literature, Roger Martin du Gard.
Cimiez contains an important Jewish population (around 20%).
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