Monaco Cathedral - Interior

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This panorama shows the Interior Monaco Cathedral with a beautiful Carrara marble altar. Here it is the place of burial of the royal family of Monaco, including Prince Rainier and Princess Grace.

Monaco Cathedral - Interior - FURTHER INFORMATION

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Monaco Cathedral is a 19th century Roman-Byzantine style cathedral church built on the site of the former parish church of St Nicholas in Monaco, built close to the Palace of the Princes. The church is constructed out of white stone from La Turbie, nearby in France. Today, the cathedral is a popular tourist attraction in Monaco.

Monaco Cathedral - Art

Monaco Cathedral is quite new, but has still managed to collect a number of important religious artefacts and works of art. Among them are:
  • Altarpiece by Nice painter Louis (or Ludovic) Bréa (c. 1450 - c. 1523). Incomplete, with 4 of the original 22 panels missing, this altarpiece adorned the original church of St Nicholas that stood on this site.
  • Virgin Mary with Child and Rosary, probably from the 14th century but badly restored over the years.
  • Crimson velvet canopy made in 1712 bearing the coat of arms of Prince Antoine I (1661-1731) and his wife Marie de Lorraine (1674-1724).
  • Chapel of Saint Sacrament with a beautiful 17th century altar made from gold plated walnut.
  • Baptismal Chapel and Font probably 17th century and from the original church of St Nicholas.

  • Stained glass windows in the nave show women of the Old Testament while stained glass windows of the lateral naves represent scenes of the life of Jesus and the Mary.

Monaco Cathedral - Organs

Monaco Cathedral has housed various organs in the gallery above the narthex since it was first constructed. The first was installed in 1887. This was replaced by a larger organ 1922 to 1968, owned by Emile Bourdon. The current organ is a massive French-style 60-stop organ built in 1975 by organ makers Boisseau from Poitiers. This organ has 4840 pipes controlled by four keyboards.

This organ did not last that long and was completely overhauled in 1987. Restoration work was entrusted to Tamburini in Crema (Italy), commissioned by the Prince's Government and the National Commission of Organs to ensure that the Cathedral had an organ worthy of it. The restored organ was inaugurated on 29th May 1988 by Philippe Lefebvre, titular organist of Notre-Dame in Paris and by René Saorgin, titular organist of Monaco Cathedral.

Monaco now hosts the 'International Organ Festival', star of which is the cathedral organ, claimed to be the finest and most successful of the Cote d'Azur. From September to June, every Sunday at 10, the Mass is sung by 'Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco and La Maîtrise de la Cathédrale' (Small Singers of Monaco and Master of the Cathedral) and accompanied by the organ.


Monaco Cathedral (of St Nicholas)
Paroisse de la Cathédrale
Avenue Saint-Martin
MC 98000 Monaco-Ville
Phone: +377 93 30 87 70


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)

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