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Monaco
Monaco is the most densely populated country in the world and the world's second-smallest independent country with a population of just 32,410 and an area of 1.95 square kilometers (481.9 acres). It has more millionaires per capita than any other country in the world and it is the smallest French-speaking country in the world.

General informations

Capital: Monaco
Population: 30.000
Area: 2 Km²
Language: french
Currency: euro
Climate: Mediterranean with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers
Time: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October)
Entry visas: ID or passport

Getting there

By air: The Nice - Côte d'Azur International Airport is located 13.7 miles away from Monaco. Helicopters, buses, taxis and car services provide permanent links between the airport and the Principality. By helicopter (regularly-scheduled services or by charter), the duration of the flight is 7 minutes.
By train: The Monaco-Monte Carlo (SNCF) railway station is a stop for many international trains. The railway is a rapid means of communication between the Principality and all the localities of the Côte d'Azur from Cannes to Menton. Trains to and from Nice run regularly and last approximately 25 minutes.
By road: The A8 highway, which connects with the European highway system, serves the Principality by means of easy access roads ( Exit A8 - RN7 coming from Nice, La Turbie going to or coming from Nice, Roquebrune going to or coming from Italy). Local travel is provided by three major roads: the Low, the Middle and the Great Corniches.
By inter-town bus: To Nice and Cannes, via the Low and Middle Corniches, from 6AM to 1AM and also in the direction of Menton, Italy and the nearby villages.
By sea: The two harbors of the Principality, the Condamine (Port Hercule harbor) and Fontvieille, are equipped to handle yachts of all weights and sizes while intercontinental cruiseliners are able to anchor in the Port Hercule bay of Monaco.

Main monuments

Prince’s Palace (State Apartments)
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The guardian of a centuries-old tradition, this uniquely located Palace was built on the site of a fortress built by the Genoese in 1215.
A visit takes one on a journey through history from the time of the Guelfes and the Gibelins to the Napoleonic period. The outstanding features of the Palace that can be admired include:
The Italian-style Gallery running alongside the South facade; the State Apartments; and the sumptuous frescoes by XVI century Genoese artists, depicting mythological scenes.
The Louis XV Salon, yellow and gold.
The Salon Bleu, a marvelous harmony of blue and gold.
The Mazarin Salon, paneled in polychrome wood with arabesque motifs.
The Throne Room, containing a large Renaissance fireplace, where historic festivals and ceremonies have been held since the XVI century.
The Palatine Chapel built in the XVII century.
The Sainte-Marie Tower, like the Clock Tower, was built during the Albert I‘s reign, using white stone from La Turbie. The Prince’s standard flies from the top of this tower when the Prince is in residence.
The Main courtyard, paved with 3 million white and colored pebbled forming immense geometrical patterns, and its noble XVII century double-revolution staircase in Carrara marble, is home to the famous summer concerts. This was once the central part of the fortress built in the XVIII century.
Place du Palais
Tel.: (+377) 93 25 18 31 - Fax: (+377) 93 50 81 73
Open daily (subject to changes)
From June to September: from 9:30AM to 6:00PM
During October: from 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Annual closure from November to May
Rate (per person): 6€
Children from 8 to 14 years old: 3€
Duration of tape guided visit: 30 minutes

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Place du Palais
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Lined with batteries of cannons cast during the reign of Louis XIV, the Place du Palais offers a unique panoramic view overlooking the Port and Monte-Carlo, stretching as far as Bordighera in Italy (to the north-east), Fontvieille and Cap-d’Ail (to the south-west). Every day at 11:55AM sharp, in front of the Palace’s main entrance, visitors can enjoy the spectacular changing of the guard ceremony performed by the “Carabiniers” in full dress uniform (black in winter, white in summer), a ceremony that has remained unchanged for more than a century. Not only are the Prince’s “Carabiniers” responsible for the Sovereign’s security 24 hours a day but they also provide Him with a Guard of Honor and escort Him on special occasions. The “Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince” has a military band (Fanfare) consisting of 27 musicians; within the main band a small variety orchestra and a brass ensemble (for religious music) have been formed. The military band performs public concerts and also plays at official occasions, sports events and international military music festivals.
Admission free (entrance to museum itself: 4€)
Changing of the guard every day at 11:55AM sharp

Fort Antoine Theater
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This early XVIII century fortress, built on the northeastern tip of the Rock, is now used as a marvelous outdoor theater with a capacity of some 350 spectators in tiered seating built in a semi-circle. In this enchanting setting, high quality performances are given during the summer season.
Avenue de la Quarantaine
Admission free (except performances)

 
Monte-Carlo casino
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Charles Garnier, the architect of the opera house in Paris, built the Casino in 1878.
The “atrium”, paved in marble, is surrounded by 28 Ionic columns in onyx. It leads into the auditorium of the opera, called the “Salle Garnier”, which is decorated in red and gold, with a profusion of bas-reliefs, frescoes and sculptures. Here, for more than a century, outstanding international performances of opera, ballet and concerts have been staged.
The “gaming rooms” comprise a succession of numerous rooms featuring stained glass windows, admirable decorations and sculptures, allegorical paintings and bronze lamps.
Place du Casino
Tel.: (+377) 92 16 20 00
Fax: (+377) 92 16 38 62
Open daily
Persons under 18 not admitted
ID obligatory
Dress code: Jacket and tie for men
Duration of visit: 30 to 40 minutes.

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Old Town
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The narrow streets of the Old Town, interconnected by vaulted passageways, are lined with centuries-old houses, and the area has retained its medieval character. A visit to this picturesque district includes:
The Chapelle de la Paix (in the gardens near the Place de la Visitation).
The Placette Bosio (rue Comte-Félix-Gastaldi) named after the famous Monégasque sculptor.
The Façade of the Law Courts, in the Italian Gothic Style.
The Place Saint-Nicolas (behind the Law Courts) and its fountain surmounted by a statue.
The Rampe Major, paved with red bricks, runs between two XVIth century gateways, connecting La Condamine and the Place du Palais.
The Saint-Martin Gardens, facing the sea, inspired the poet Guillaume Apollinaire between 1887 and 1889. Today, amid the Aleppo pines, agaves, and aloes, are fountains, a pergola and bronze statues including a 1951 monument of Albert I.

Cathedral
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Built in 1875 using white stone from La Turbie, the present-day Cathedral stands on the site of a 13th century church dedicated to Saint Nicolas and houses the tombs of the former Princes of Monaco. It is also the final resting placeof Monaco's much loved Princess Grace. Of particular interest are the retable (circa 1500) to the right of the transept painted by the Louis Bréa from neighboring Nice, the Great Altar and the Episcopal throne in white Carrara marble. Pontifical services take place on the major religious festivals such as the Feast of Sainte Dévote (27th January) and the National holiday (19th November). On feast days and during religious music concerts, one can hear the magnificent four-keyboard organ, which was inaugurated in 1976. From September through June, “Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco” and the singers of the Cathedral Choir School sing during the mass every Sunday at 10:00AM.
4, rue Colonel Bellando de Castro
Admission free

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Church of Mercy

Located on the Place de la Mairie (in the Old Town) and built in 1639, this chapel was the seat of the Brotherhood of Black Penitents, whose first Prior was Prince Honoré II.
Its treasures of religious art include a Christ carved out of wood by the Monégasque François-Joseph Bosio, official sculptor to the Emperor Napoleon I. Above the entrance to the chapel is a magnificent nineteenth-century ceramic scene.

 

Museums

Oceanographic Museum & Aquarium

Inaugurated in 1910 by its founder, Prince Albert I, this exceptional museum of marine sciences is a monumental architectural masterpiece with a grandiose façade rising majestically above the sea to a height of 279 feet. It took 11 years to build, using 100,000 tons of stone from La Turbie.
The impressive rooms of the Museum, open to the public on two floors, contain remarkable collections of marine fauna gathered by Prince Albert, numerous specimens of sea creatures (stuffed or in skeleton form, including the skeleton of a 66 foot whale), models of Prince Albert’s laboratory ships, and craftware made from the sea’s natural products. Part of the first floor is dedicated to the oceanographic works of Prince Albert 1,“Career of a Navigator”.
In the basement, the visitor can enjoy the spectacular delights of the world-famous aquarium with its extraordinary show of marine flora and fauna. With 4,000 species of fish and over 200 families of invertebrates, the aquarium is now an authority on the presentation of the Mediterranean and tropical marine ecosystem. Its latest creation, the “Shark Lagoon”, unveils in a giant tank the diversity and extraordinary colors of the coral reef and its inhabitants.
On the ground floor, exhibitions and varied film projections are regularly presented in the sumptuous décor of the “Conférence room”.
Finally on the top floor, it is possible to have lunch in the restaurant "La Terrasse" admiring a magnificent panorama of the Principality of Monaco and the Italian Riviera. A museum shop is also available
Avenue Saint-Martin
Tel.: (+377) 93 15 36 00 - Fax: (+377) 92 16 77 93
Open daily
From October to March: from 10:00AM to 6:00PM
From April to June, and September: from 9:30AM to 7:00PM
July and August: from 9:30AM to 7:30PM
Rate (per person): 11€
Children from 6 to 18 years old and students: 6€
Duration of visit: 2 to 3 hours

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Museum of Napoleonic Souvenirs and
Collection of the Palace's Historic Archives

Housed in the south wing of the Prince’s Palace, the ground floor of this museum contains a rich collection of more than a thousand objects and documents relating to the First Empire: objects belonging to the Emperor Napoleon I, garments which belonged to the King of Rome, religious souvenirs from Saint Helena, etc.
The first floor is entirely dedicated to the history of the Principality. Exhibits include the Charter of independence of Monaco, signed by King Louis XII of France; a letter written by Louis XIV to Prince Antoine I; the Prince’s Guards’ uniforms.
Official Monégasque medals (Ordre des Grimaldi and Ordre de Saint-Charles) and foreign medals awarded to the Sovereign prince are also exhibited.
Place du Palais
Tel.: (+377) 93 25 18 31 - Fax: (+377) 93 50 81 73
Open daily (subject to changes)
Closure from 11/12 thru 12/16 and on December 25 and January 1
From December to May (except Mondays): from 10:30AM to 12:00PM and from 2:00PM to 4:30PM
From June to September: from 9:30AM to 6:00PM
From October 1 to November 11: from 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Rate (per person): 4€
Children from 8 to 14 years old: 2€
Duration of tape guided visit: 30 minutes

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Wax Museum of the Princes of Monaco

Situated on the Rue Basse, one of the most picturesque streets on the old town, this museum depicts historical episodes in the Grimaldi dynasty from the late XIII century to the present day. The wax figures are life-size, and many of them wear authentic period costumes.
27, rue Basse
Tel.: (+377) 93 30 39 05
Open daily
From October to February: 11:00AM to 5:00PM
From March to September: 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Rate (per person): 3.80€
Children from 8 to 14 years old: 2€
Duration of visit: 20 to 30 minutes

 

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