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Yellow Mini-Submarine in Monte Carlo, Monaco

This yellow submarine named Submarine Anorep 1 was built in 1966, the same year that the Beatle’s song was released as a single. It also has a striking appearance to their 1969 album and movie. However, it was actually the first submarine of Jacques Cousteau. It stands in front of the Oceanographic Museum as an […]

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Tebe in Costume Sculpture in Monte Carlo, Monaco

This bronze sculpture by Giacomo Manzu of a distinguished woman reclined in an oval chair is called “Tebe in Costume.” It was placed along Avenue d’Ostende in 1982 near the Princess Grace Theater. In the background is Port Hercules, the coast of the La Condamine ward and, under her left hand, the Palais Princier on […]

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Stone Sentry Post on Le Rocher in Monte Carlo, Monaco

One of the wards of Monaco is Monaco-Ville but most people call it “The Rock” because it is a promontory that juts into the Mediterranean. This stone guard tower stands about 460 feet overlooking the Ciappaira Cliffs. Le Rocher has been inhabited since the 6th century BC as a prized defense position.

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Saint Nicholas Cathedral Side View in Monte Carlo, Monaco

Since 1875, Saint Nicholas Cathedral has been the center of Monegasque religious history including the christenings, weddings and burials of the country’s sovereign rulers from the House of Grimaldi. The most famous event at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame-Immaculée was the 1956 “Wedding of the Century” between actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainer III. It was watched […]

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Saint Nicholas Cathedral Front Façade in Monte Carlo, Monaco

The first Saint Nicholas church to be built on “The Rock” was in 1252. It was replaced by the Cathédrale de Monaco in 1875. It is called Saint Nicholas Cathedral. Officially, the name of this Roman Catholic church is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. A secondary patron saint is Saint Benoît. […]

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Sherbet Colored Buildings in Monaco-Ville, Monaco

Monaco-Ville is the old city of Monaco perched high on a promontory called Le Rocher. It is home to several of the country’s famous landmarks but also has many simple, charming facades like these sherbet-colored buildings.

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Saint Nicholas Cathedral Retable in Monte Carlo, Monaco

This stunning retable inside the Cathédrale de Monaco was created by Louis Bréa in 1500. The altarpiece displays the images of twenty religious figures, including St. Nicholas in the center as he appeared during the 4th century while the Bishop of Myra, a present day province of Turkey. His feast day is celebrated on December […]

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Saint Nicholas Cathedral Apse Mosaic in Monte Carlo, Monaco

This golden mosaic of the Virgin Mary holding the Christ Child on her lap is in the apse over the high altar of Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco-Ville, Monaco. She is suspended by four angels and flanked by Saint Peter, who is holding the keys into Heaven, and by the prophet Isaiah. One reference called […]

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Prince’s Palace in Monte Carlo, Monaco

This location began as a fort at the end of the 12th century. 100 years later, it became the palace of the ruling Grimaldi family for over 700 years. After 1814, when the Principality of Monaco was reestablished, the Palais Princier was extensively restored and it still is the monarch’s residence. When Rainier III, who […]

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Port de Fontvieille in Monte Carlo, Monaco

During the 1970’s, a ward of Monaco named Fontvieille was formed below the cliff known as “The Rock” where the Prince’s Palace is located. 42 acres of new land was created for the quarter along Mediterranean, including this marina called Port de Fontvieille. It can accommodate 275 boats and, as you can see, many of […]