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Josefine 06-29-2003 04:32 AM

The Palais De Monaco
The Palais de Monaco, home of the Monegasque monarch, is perched high on a headland overlooking the Mediterranean, in an old part of the original fortified city known as Monaco-Ville. Also known as the Palais du Prince, the building began life in 1215 as a Genoese fortress. It was used primarily for military purposes until the 17th century when Prince Honoré II began to transform it into a royal palace by expanding the structure and installing an extensive art collection.

In 1793, the principality was incorporated into France and the Grimaldis were removed from power. The palace was converted into a hospital and home for the poor and many of its valuable artworks were sold. After the family were reinstated following the Treaty of Paris of 1815, Honore IV began to restore the building, which had been damaged during the French Revolution, to its former grandeur. Work which has continued to the present day.

When Prince Rainier is not in residence, some areas of the palace are open to the public for part of the year. Highlights include a sumptuous Italian-style gallery dating from the 16th century which features frescos painted by Genoese artists, and an interior patio paved with three million pebbles which has as its centrepiece a magnificent Carrara marble staircase.

The palace also contains 15 other state rooms, including the elegant Throne Room and Florentine-style St. Mary´s Tower. Its south wing has been converted into a museum housing various Napoleonic paraphernalia.

Perhaps the palace's main attraction is the ceremony of the Changing of the Guard, which takes place daily in the Palace Square just before noon.

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Josefine 06-29-2003 04:34 AM

Josefine 06-29-2003 04:36 AM

Swimming Pool at Prince's Palace, Monaco

thissal 06-29-2003 04:39 AM

Great pictures Josefine. ;)

Josefine 06-29-2003 04:40 AM

Josefine 06-29-2003 04:48 AM

paulette 07-01-2003 01:29 AM

The Palais de Monaco just looks great..IT has a nice view since it is overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.. I was just wondering if other palaces have swimming pool that are not situated inside the palace I mean outside..???? :)

michelle 09-28-2003 11:36 AM

hrhcp 09-28-2003 12:22 PM

I'm confused.

There are two palaces shown above.

Which one is the "Palais de Monaco", and what is the other building called?

Isn't the white building at the beginning of the thread something connected with oceanography? and Jacques Cousteau's work?

Julia 09-28-2003 12:45 PM

Wonderful photos!

Yes, the white building with it's back to the sea is the Museum of Oceanography. Wondeful place.

smdouglas 09-28-2003 02:26 PM

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The Museum of Oceanography is especially impressive when viewed from the sea. It was built by Albert 1st in the early 1900s.

hrhcp 09-28-2003 03:03 PM


Posted: Jun 29th, 2003 - 4:35 am
Museum of Oceanography looks impressive from both the land side and the sea side. Can't decide which side appeals to me more.


Posted: Sep 28th, 2003 - 11:36 am
Are all the remaining pictures posted on this thread, taken from various sides?

Alexandra 12-02-2003 02:58 PM

Great pictures, Josefine! I hadn't known the palace is so big!

Julia 08-15-2004 02:16 AM

Prince Albert on palace ramparts...

semisquare 08-15-2004 10:59 AM

great pic
all i can say is wow!!! its so grand.
if i lived there my head would swell

Freedom 08-15-2004 12:01 PM

Julia, you posted a great photo of the palace ramparts!! The background scenery is breathtaking!

GrandDuchess 08-19-2004 09:44 PM

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Mirror's Room in Palace of Monaco}
Throne Room in Royal Palace of Monaco}

semisquare 08-19-2004 11:05 PM

wonderful pic GrandDuchess
i espically like the lunch table room. they say pink is a relaxing color.

Ianna 01-15-2005 04:21 PM

Photo 1. Main courtyard, staircases to Palace, and Palatine Chapel
Photo 2. Blue Room

Ianna 01-15-2005 04:27 PM

Photo 1. Throne Room with Albert
Photo 2. Throne
Photo 3. Prince Albert's chair in film set style..and Princess Grace portrait
Photo 4. Portrait of Princess Grace with Caroline and Albert

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