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Monaco - Palace
The Grimaldi Palace, with its solid square aspect is a fine symbol of the tenacity which has distinguished the Grimaldi family for centuries. It is also a real museum with fine furniture decorating its apartments. The palace dates from the 16th and 17th centuries but still preserves its mediaeval towers, built by the Genoese in 1215.
Francesco Grimaldi took possession of the fortress in 1297, and his successors enlarged it, converting it into a noble mansion capable of housing even the Emperor Charles V. Honore II was of course the great renovator of the family castle and it was he who organized the distribution of the apartments inside. The fountains and gardens are also attributed to the creative impulse of this same Prince. As a lover of the arts and letters, Honore II owned nearly 700 paintings signed by the greatest masters.
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Monte-Carlo - Casino
The history of the casino constitutes a large part of the history of Monte-Carlo, a district created and integrated in the territory of Monaco. Scarcely a century ago it was virgin land, a sleepy area on the Cote d'Azur. On some maps, it was marked as "plateau des Spelugues" (plain of caves) because of the underwater caves, "spelunca", that abound beneath its waters. In 1856, the owner of the land sold it at the price of 22 centimes per square metre. No one at that time could foresee the future of the Principality. Its habitants lived modestly from agriculture and fishing. It was difficult to get to the mountain, and the only way was via steep paths that went from the mountain to the sea. Cannes and Nice had better communications and their promoters had already begun to make a profit out of the tourist industry.
Monte-Carlo represents the triumph of sensuality, curves, and a feminine aesthetic. In the rooms of the casino, we can find wonderful examples of decoration belonging to the Belle Epoque, with its warm, imaginative baroque quality and occasional decadence. Nymphs smoking cigarettes, melancholy youths dreaming over a leafless rose, peasant girls picking oranges with an artificial look of countesses dressed up for the occasion... all these exaggerations have their place in this architecture which covers this area like a baroque smoke screen.
Monaco - The Cathedral
The most outstanding architectural monument in Monaco is its own geographical construction — a palace of rocks built on the sea. The best architects have appreciated this natural beauty and built according to the dictates of rock and sea. The cathedral itself is almost a natural complement to the cliffs of Monaco. It arises at one end of the city like the forecastle of a ship looking out onto the sea. The cathedral was built between 1875 and 1884 by the architect Charles Lenormand.
The churches of Saint Charles and Saint Devote are even older than the cathedral and were built when Prince Charles III fought for the religious independence of Monaco. Until this time, the Principality had been dependent on the diocese of Nice.
Monaco - Quay
In addition to its age-old traditions, to the refined modernity of Monte-Carlo, so redolent of the Belle Epoque, to an active artistic and cultural life and intense social activity, there is also the sea. The sea, with its limpid azure presence, a perfect backcloth for a truly marvelous setting.
Castles of fireworks are set off from the sea, and it is in the sea where everyone enjoys the healthy pleasure of a sporting life. The thousands of boats of all shapes and sizes gently rock on these calm tranquil waters. The weather and the sun are a further natural attraction. The climate is mild with an average annual temperature of 16° - and 2,583 hours of sunshine annually.
The sea, with its considerable store of life beneath its waters has benefited from the initiative of the Monaco Government and the Monegasque Association for the Protection of Nature, which have made it possible for there to be space devoted to the preservation of flora and fauna. In the Gulf of Larvotto, in an area cordoned off by buoys and out of bounds to ships and fishermen is this "sacred space" of silence. The sea is an immutable presence, the very heart of the Monegasque coast.
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