Monaco Sights and Landmarks Guide, Monaco
The small city state of Monaco is one of the chief tourist destinations in the French Riviera, together with Cannes and Nice. This little constitutional monarchy is famous for being a tax-haven - hence, there are many wealthy people living there. It’s only natural that such a glamorous city has become the holiday destination of millions of tourists every year. There is so much more to Monaco than casinos and five star hotels: this Monaco Sights Guide will let you discover some of the main attractions of this charming city. Museums, galleries, medieval neighborhoods and palaces are only some of the sights that you can enjoy in Monaco. This city has something intriguing to offer to any kind of tourist.
Monaco Sights- Architecture
Although Monaco is a modern city, there is a medieval neighborhood that is worth more than a glance. Le Rocher, as it is called, is a medieval fortified city built on a promontory into the sea, and has now become one of Monaco’s four quarters. Many of the city’s tourist attractions can be found in Le Rocher, for example the Palais Princier, the residence of the Prince of Monaco, a hodgepodge of many different architectural styles that combine into a unique whole. The palace was built in the 12th century and belonged to the Grimaldi family for over 700 years. Visitors can see some of the most representative rooms of the palace. Despite the dense population of Monaco, Le Rocher has not lost its medieval charm. Most of the streets are pedestrian, and the fort wall surrounding the quarter is still partly standing.
Monaco Sights - Museums
The grandfather of the current Prince, an admirer of Napoleon, has started a collection of the French emperor’s belongings. The museum is located in an annex of the Palais Princier, and displays numerous letters and documents written by Napoleon during his reign, and some of his clothes. One floor of the museum is dedicated to Monaco’s history.
The National Museum of Dolls and Automatons of Yesteryear is probably the most popular museum in the country. It displays hundreds of 19th century dolls and automatons dressed in lush vintage clothes and complete with exquisite miniature furniture.
If you love old cars, this Monaco Sights Guide recommends that you visit Prince Rainier III’s private collection of antique cars. For a small fee, you can see about a hundred cars, some of which were built at the beginning of the past century. Another must-see is the Oceanographic Museum, an absolutely remarkable collection of marine animals and sea-related objects.
Monaco Sights - Other Sights
Le Condamine, Monaco’s second oldest neighborhood is also worth a visit. The quarter is a flourishing business district with modern buildings, and expensive shops. Take a walk on the docks to admire the luxurious yachts and cruise ships. Monaco has many impressive gardens, and the Jardin Exotique is the finest of them all. There are virtually thousands of rare and exotic plants adorning the garden, and you can choose to either take a guided tour, or wander at your will to discover the beautiful scenery of the garden.
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