Monte Carlo Casino
Top attraction in Monte Carlo has to be its world famous casino and opera house.
The Opera House was built in 1878 and is a stunning mix of bas-reliefs, marble floors, Ionic columns, sculptures and frescoes, with gold and scarlet décor.
The Monte Carlo Casino is a maze of splendid high-vaulted rooms with stained glass, paintings, chandeliers, sculptures and bronze lamps.
Did you know?
No Monaco citizens can enter Monte Carlo Casino.
The route of the Monaco F1 Grand Prix goes right past the Casino.
The dazzling white stones of the Byzantine styled St Nicholas cathedral entomb the sovereigns of Monaco, such as Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace (formerly Grace Kelly).
This retable dates from 1500 and there is a white marble Altar and Episcopal throne.
The Palace is the Prince of Monaco’s royal residence. It is built on the Rock of Monaco in the 11th century as a Genoese fortress but has been occupied by the Royal House of Grimaldi since 1297. It has evolved and been remodelled in the 700 years it has been occupied by the Monaco Royal Family. Now it is open to the public from April to October and visitors can enjoy its 15th century Italianesque gallery, the Louis XVth gold and yellow lounge, and the Throne Room to name but a few.
Fort Antoine Fortress
The Fort Antoine fortress was built on the tip of the Rock of Monaco near the Prince’s Palace. It is now an outdoor theatre with seating for 350 spectators in a stone tiered semi-circle. In the summer season high quality theatrical performances are held here.
The Oceanographic museum has an Aquarium with nearly 100 pools containing rare species of fish and marine life in a kaleidoscope of colours and shapes.
It also has a Shark Lagoon – a massive 450 cubic metre pool with a coral reef. The museum is also home to Prince Albert I’s collections of marine fauna.