Cathedral of St. Nicholas, Monaco
The cathedral's history goes back to the year 1252 when St. Nicholas Church was consecrated. Neoromanesque is the dominating style. It was consecrated in 1875 and as become the burial pace of the Royal family. No wonder that the graves of Grace Kelly (Gracia Patricia) and Rainier III are visited by many tourists and that their graves are often covered with fresh flowers. Among the notable works of art is a 15th century altarpiece.
As the church stands on the remains of St. Nicholas' Church it is therefore often refereed to as St. Nicholas Cathedral. Its official name however is Notre-Dame Immaculée.
Built with the stark white stones from La Turbie in 1875, this Roman-Byzantine-style building houses the burial places of past sovereigns, including Prince Rainier and Princess Grace.
From the interior design, you can admire an altarpiece by the Niçois painter Louis Bréa dating from 1500 as well as the high alter and the Episcopal throne of Carrara white marble. Pontifical services are held during great liturgical celebrations accompanied by the harmonies of a grand organ with four keyboards, inaugurated in 1976 the magnificence of which permits the organisation of outstanding spiritual concerts. From September to June every Sunday at 10am, mass is sung by the “Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco” and “Cathedral Choir”.
This is the place where the Grace Kelly married, and is now buried, alongwith her husband. Her grave is the only grave permanently honoured with fresh flowers. What a sweet tribute :)
On Sep 15, 1982 she passed away following a tragic car crash when she was driving along a coastal road in the Cote d'Azur. Her youngest daughter, Princess Stephanie was travelling with her, but luckily young Stephanie survived.
Prince Rainier III passed away in 2005.
The church setting is perfect, with a lovely sloping garden right behind, offering great views of the marina & sea. The garden contains some very romantic & cute statues :)
The Cathedral of Monaco is a grand structure that gleams with good taste and a detailed design. Its most famous for being the church where Prince Rainer and the late Grace Kelly were married. The Cathedral allows tourists to go into the chapel and I would highly recommend taking them up on that as its even more beautiful on the inside. The Cathedral can be easy to miss as its rather compact and located in a even more compact setting. Even though its just a block from the Palace, it can't be seen from the Palace, but I assure you it is there. Simply walk south of the Palace down one of the shopping corridors and you will run right into the Cathedral.
Leaving the exotic gardens in Monaco-Ville you will find the Romanesque-Byzantine Cathedral, containing the remains of many former rulers, of which the most popular Grâce Kelly and Prince Rainier III
My impression to visit this Cathedral is in general negative :
- Overcrowed by tourists
- Silence is not respected, even not by the guards
Visiting this Cathedral is more a kind of "Tribute to Grace PATRICIA Kelly" and her
Prince Rainier III. Queing to see their graves is a daily scenary. But in the meantime take the opportunity to look at the symbols of religious art, which in fact didn't impress me that much comparing my visits to other churches like "Notre Dame" in Paris or the "Blue Mosque" in Istanbul. And not to forget "St-Baafs" in my hometown Ghent/Belgium.
The Cathedral was built in the 19th century in neo-Romanesque style and is also located on top of Monaco Rock. This is where the fairy-tale wedding of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly took place, and where both of them are now laid to rest. The Cathedral is closed during services. Open 7am ? 7pm daily.
The cathedral where Prince Ranier and Grace Kelly were married and finally laid to rest alongside many of the other Grimaldi royalty. This family goes back to 1297, when Conrad the Cunning or whoever tricked his way into the fortification dressed as a monk, and took over the city.
A long line of Grimaldi's followed, many interred here -
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The Cathedral itself does not belong in antiquity being built less than a hundred years ago, though in the classical style.
The Neo-Romanesque cathedral stans on the Santa Barbara Promenade. Building began
in 1875 and the Cathedral was inaugurated in 1884. The Diocese of Monaco was
constituted on 15 March 1887.
The Cathedral was built over the former Church of Saint Nicholas of stone form La
Turbie and Brescia. Inside, you can see its nave and interesting decoration: the
organ chest, baptistry, the altar, the Bishop´s throne, the pulpit and the large
mosaic depicting the Virgin.
Unfortunately, there was a wedding ceremony taking place when we visited Monaco, so we couldn't go into the cathedral. Prince Ranier and Princess Grace are both enshrined within the Cathedral.
The Cathedral is one of the must see itinerary. It is the place where Prince of Monaco were crowned, display some magnificent religious facade, one of most beautiful crucifix I have ever seen.
We were told that you were not allowed to take photo's inside the cathedral, but on the day that we visited it was allowed. The inside of the cathedral is really beautifull and very serene.