Do you know the famous legend of the midday gunshot

Do you know the famous legend of the midday gunshot

 3 August 2021
 about 2 minutes

So is this a true story or a legend?

I don't know if you've ever noticed, but every day at 12 o'clock sharp in Nice, the Canon sounds.
Here is the unusual story that Nice continues to perpetuate "lou canoun de Miejour".

In 1861, an English gentleman, Thomas Coventry, persuaded the city of Nice to fire a cannon from the hill to mark the exact time of day. the hill of the Castle to mark the exact time of lunch.
Legend has it that this gentleman wanted to remind his wife, who was late returning from her morning walk, charmed by our Baie des Anges and very talkative, of the time of lunch...

But the reality is quite different.
Thomas Coventry was passionate about time measurement tools.
He had a red globe hoisted on a pole on the roof of the Chauvain Hotel where he lived, to indicate to the fireman stationed at the castle that he should prepare to fire the noon gun.

On 21 December 1863, the cannon sounded for the first time.

coup de canon de nice

In 1867, Thomas Coventry donated his equipment to the City of Nice and on 19 November 1875, a municipal decree instituted "lou canoun de Miejour".

In 1881, the fireworkers set off the clock on the St. Francis Tower, and then on the radio speaking clock after the war. The artillery piece was replaced several times and the firing site was moved under the platform of the esplanade.
Since 1886, the fireworker sets off a firework bomb, called an "air chestnut". The techniques have changed since 1863, and every day at 12 noon we are startled by a blast.

Would you like to see a traditional cannon shot?

From July 2021 to October 3, 2021, you can attend the free theatrical re-enactment of the "lou canoun de Miejour", the 12 o'clock shot.
For this, meet every Sunday morning at 11:45 am on the Hill of the Château de Nice, the Nietzsche Terrace.
Doors open at 11:15 am. start at 11:45 am Duration 30 mn

Unusual event : the gunshot Nice

copyright Ville de Nice.

Compagnie Théâtre d'Æther with Frédéric Rey, Philippe Arnello & Rowena Cociuban
Costumes : Opéra de Nice

Please note that there will be no performances on 15 and 22 August.
You can get there by car, on foot and even by lift. (Accessible to PRM)


If you would like to have more information on :
Castle Hill
Contacts ...
Click on this link, you will have the detailed information sheet

Here are the contact details of the Nice tourist office, if you wish to contact them for any other question:
TEL: +33(0)4 92 14 46 14


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