Located between Italy and France, on the Côte d'Azur, the Principality of Monaco is renowned for its high society, Grand Prix, scandal and where the cost of a square metre of land is the most expensive in the world. After the Vatican, it is the smallest yet most unique sovereign state in the world.
Monte Carlo’s Casino is undoubtedly the principality’s most famous landmark. Designed by the architect of the Paris Opera House, Charles Garnier, this superb casino was built in 1878. With the opening of the casino, this previously relatively poor mini State, developed into the famous principality it is today.
La Condamine is in the harbor district, with its typical French atmosphere and overlooking apartments, it connects Monaco Ville with Monte Carlo. Luxury yachts anchor in the harbor throughout the year and have traveled from all over the world to visit this much sought after tax haven and exclusive casino paradise.
On the large rock plateau of Le Roche, Monaco Ville is crowned by its royal palace that was built in 1215 on a former mighty Genoese fortress.
The Neo-Roman Monaco Cathedral was built around 1897. The large interior is dominated by the main altar that was designed by Louis Brea. This is also the location of the grave of ex-Hollywood actress, Princess Grace of Monaco, who died tragically in a car accident.
Monaco is certainly a place of wealth and prosperity but the sunshine and its wonderful location on the Côte d'Azur makes it a fascinating place to visit.