Attractions

Monaco Cathedral

General Information
Admission free

4, rue Colonel Bellando de Castro
MC 98000, Monaco
Tel.: (+377) 93 30 87 70

Description
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

Museum of Chapel of the Visitation

General Information
Open daily (except Mondays): from 10:00AM to 4:00PM
Rate (per person): 3.00€
Children from 6 to 14 years old, students and adults over 65 years: 1.50€
Duration of visit: 30 minutes

Place de la Visitation
MC 98000, Monaco
Tel.: (+377) 93 50 07 00

Description
This museum, housed in a baroque style chapel dating from the VII century, is home to part of the remarkable collection of sacred works of art belonging to Mrs. Piasecka Johnson, with masterpieces from Rubens, Zurbaran, Ribera and masters of the Italian Baroque period

Prince’s Palace

General Information
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

Place du Palais
MC 98000, Monaco
Tel.: (+377) 93 25 18 31
Fax: (+377) 93 50 81 73

Description
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

General Information
Admission free (entrance to museum itself: 4€)
Changing of the guard every day at 11:55AM

Description
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.