Walk down the streets of Monte Carlo and you won’t be able to take your eyes off the Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and yachts the size of a semi-detached. You’ll see celebrities guzzling champagne, sheikhs taking a stroll, and footballer’s wives clearing out the shops.
There’s so much to look at, you’ll have pretty much forgotten to look beyond the sunglasses and bubbly to check out the magnificent architecture of Monaco. But fear not, here’s our guide on what to keep your eye out for in the tax-free haven.
Palais du Prince
We’ll start with one that’s almost impossible to miss, the Palais du Prince in Monaco’s Old Town. Dating back to 1191, it’s been the home the Grimaldi family for over 700 years and in the 50s was even the home of the glamorous Grace Kelly who married the Prince of Monaco, Rainier III.
Today the palace is home to Prince Albert II, as well as being open to the public as a museum with a fine collection of art and antique cars within its grounds.
Monte Carlo Casino
The Monte Carlo Casino has featured in countless Hollywood films and is one of the most recognisable casinos on the planet.
Whilst lavish cars line the outside, opulent décor and high-rollers occupy the in with some of the best roulette wheels and poker tables to play in the world. Not only is it a stunning building but casino has become incredibly popular both online on mobile and web and off with the likes of the Euro Casino app seeing thousands of downloads and Monte Carlo Casino thriving like never before. It’s your chance to both admire this stunning building, and put your online practice to good use.
Overlooking the glamourous Port de Fontvieille lies Monaco Cathedral, a building that has stood proudly in the centre of the old town since 1875. Many of the principality’s important people are laid to rest in the cathedral including Grace Kelly and her husband Prince Rainier III.
The Romanesque Revival architecture has Mediterranean influences whilst Carrara marble carves out the episcopal throne.
The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
Built into the cliff face, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the Oceanographic Museum is as pleasing to look at as the fantastic exhibitions that spread throughout its corridors.
Dating back to 1910, it rises out of the cliff with the architecture itself inspired by the marine world with sculptures representing the ocean it overlooks.
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