Prince's Palace - Monaco-Ville visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Prince's Palace' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Monaco.
Prince's Palace, the official residence in Monaco of the Monégasque sovereign monarch of this Principality on the Mediterranean coast, south of France. The palace was built in 1215 as a fortress on the Rocher (Rock of Monaco) for the Grimaldi when Monaco was ruled by Genoa. The palace has been the ruling family residence since 1297. As both a living museum chronicling the history of this nation and a busy working palace, headquarters of the sovereign Prince overseeing State and corporate business, the Palace continues to be the heart of this Principality and at the center of the lives of its subjects.
Unique within European history, the Grimaldi family have remained within the one palace throughout their reign due to the restrictions on construction due to lack of land. As such, the palace has expanded and evolved into a fascinating museum. Area of the palace of special interest include the Italian-style Gallery on the south facade, the Louis XV Salon sumptuously decorated yellow and gold, the Salon Bleu, the arabesque and wood panelled Mazarin Salon, the 16th century Throne Room, the 17th century Palatine Chapel and the Sainte-Marie Tower which like the Clock Tower was built during the reign of Albert I and which hosts the flag of the Prince whilst in residence.
The State Rooms are open during the summer months and hold a wealth of artifacts from the State and Grimaldi family history. The Prince still addresses the assembled subjects from the famous balcony, the Gallery of Hercules, which can be seen from the palace courtyard. This courtyard, paved with 3 million white and colored pebbled forming huge and spectacular geometrical patterns, is open on special occasions such as celebrations for the Grimaldi family, births and marriages, or for events such as open air concerts or the children's Christmas party.
Place du Palais MC 98000, Monaco Tel.: (+377) 93 25 18 31 Fax: (+377) 93 50 81 73
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Flight: Côte-d'Azur International in Nice, 25 miles from Monaco and then bus. Train: Monaco-Monte Carlo Station