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Monaco Cathedral (Saint Nicholas Cathedral) is a Roman-Byzantine style church, built out of white stone from the La Turbie region of France, not far from of Monaco. The stone is special in that it naturally whitens when it rains. The cathedral stands on the site of the first parish church in Monaco built around the 13th century.
Monaco Cathedral is located in Monaco Ville, near is the Courthouse, Oceanographically Museum and Palace of the Princes in Monaco. The foundation stone for the Cathedral was laid in 1875 and the church opened to worshippers in 1876, though construction was not finished. The Cathedral was finally inaugurated in 1903 and consecrated in 1911.
The cathedral is laid out in a Latin cross on three naves and six bays. The transept covers the old church and the naves cover the old cemetery. The facade is highly ornate, with Christ sitting in Majesty in the center. Above the main door is Virgin Mary, crowned Queen of the universe. Around them are different biblical stories such as the ark of Noah, crossing of the Red Sea, story of Mary and Joseph among others.
Inside Monaco Cathedral the most notable things are the altarpiece by Nicoise Louis Brea ca.1500, and the massive Episcopal throne carved in white Carrara marble. In addition are various other works of art, some held in the vestry and not on public display.
The cathedral has four bells, three of which were blessed by Mgr Gilles Barthe, Bishop of Monaco, in 1960. These were Religious (275 kg), Nicole (460 kg), and Marie Immaculate (1050 kg). The fourth bell, Benedicta, was added in 1997 as part of the celebrations for the 700th anniversary of the Grimaldis to Monaco and the 750th anniversary of the first parochial church.
In 1956 Prince Rainier famously married Hollywood actress Grace Kelly in Monaco Cathedral.
Monaco Cathedral (of St Nicholas) Paroisse de la Cathédrale Avenue Saint-Martin MC 98000 Monaco-Ville Phone: +377 93 30 87 70 Email: [email protected]
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Bus: By inter-town bus, To Nice and Cannes, via the Low and Middle Corniches, from 6am to 1am and also in the direction of Menton, Italy and the nearby villages. Train: The Monaco-Monte Carlo (SNCF)