The iconic Penshaw Monument is shining the French colours of red, white and blue tonight as a mark of solidarity following last night's attack in Nice.
The monument, which is cared for by the National Trust, has been lit in the colours of the French flag from dusk this evening and for the next week.
Councillor Paul Watson, the Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: "This was a sickening attack on innocent people enjoying a family day out on their country's national day.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy and with the people who worked so tirelessly to rescue them.
"As part of the International community it is important that Sunderland shows its sympathy and support to all those who have been affected.
"We hope that lighting up one of Sunderland's most famous landmarks - Penshaw Monument - helps symbolise support and is a focal point for tributes to those in Nice."