The Palace, Monaco
Francois Grimaldi is one of the most legendary figures in Monaco's history. In 1297, he tried to get access to the fortress disguised as a monk. After he was welcomed, he opened the gates for his men and made his cousin Rainier I the first Grimaldi ruler of Monaco. Although four years later, the fortress was lost to the Genoese again, the Grimaldi family recaptured it and established the Principal rule over Monaco as we know it today. Malizia's trick is depicted on the city's coat of arms in form of two armed monks.
A bronze statue of Francois Grimaldi in his monk costume is located in front of the palace. Depending on point of view, Malizia is translated with malicious or cunning.
This small museum is often overlooked. Run by the Royal family, it is found in the left hand side of the palace. To my surprise, it was really good. Though it is n modern multimedia institution, it manages to show the way of Napoleon from humble beginnings in Corsica via his numerous won battles to the defeat at Waterloo and the exile on St. Helena. However, I can only recommend this museum to people interested in this episode of history. People not interested in history at all will surely not enjoy it.
Entry fee was 4 EUR/adult (2010), free entry if you have already paid for the palace itself. Depending on your interest in the topic 30 min. to an hour should be planned. Unfortunately, no photos allowed inside. Unlike the palace, it is open year-round but it is useful to check their website beforehand as they also close on some days in the winter.
The history of the palace goes back to the year 1191 when a Genoese fortress was allowed to be built on the rock which forms now Monaco's old town. In 1297, it was captured by the Grimaldi family who have ruled this place (though with some interruptions). Through alteration (including by Vauban) , expansion and reconstruction, it became the Palace as we know it today. Three towers from the earliest years are preserved and parts from all architectural eras can be found in the palace. At 11:55, there is a change of guards.
As many other places in Monaco, the palace is closed for visitors during the winter months. The only open part during the winter is the Museum of Napoleonic Souvenirs. Unfortunately, I was there shortly before the opening of the season – therefore no impressions of the throne room and the interior of the palace for me.
Do not try to play any joke around with the palace guards. If you approach them to ask something do it carefully and with respect, they will treat you with respect as well. If you want to tease them, you may get into some trouble.
Most summer day-trippers from Nice want to see the home of Monaco's royal family, the Palais du Prince, which dominates the principality from "the Rock." A tour of the Grands Appartements allows you a glimpse of the Throne Room and some of the art (including works by Bruegel and Holbein) as well as Princess Grace's state portrait. The palace was built in the 13th century, and portions date from the Renaissance. The ideal time to arrive is 11:55am to watch the 10-minute Relève de la Garde (changing of the guard).
In a wing of the palace, the Musée du Palais du Prince (Souvenirs Napoléoniens et Collection d'Archives) holds a collection of mementos of Napoleon and Monaco. When the royal residence is closed, this museum is the only part of the palace the public can visit.
The Prince's Palace of Monaco is one of the top sighs in Monaco, as it happens to bd the official residence of the Prince of Monaco. Its construction dates back to 1215, when it was a Genoese fortress. It became the stronghold of the Grimaldi family in 1297 - and has been continuously inhabited by them until the present day.
The fortress has undergone many changes - some parts have been rebuilt, new towers and new wings have been added, until it eventually became a palace. However the core of the original construction is still there. When you visit it, it's possible to distinguish easily the different "layers", which in my opinion are part of the palace's charm.
It is possible to visit the palace inside, and I strongly recommend it - as the best charms lie behind the reneissance facede: the frescoes in the open air the Gallery of Hercules are truly stunning... they are imported works by Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli depicting mythological and legendary heroes. Don't miss the Red Room and its fine paintings by Brueghel.
The palace is open April - October and entrance (october 2008) was 7 euros. the tour is self-guided and at the entrance they will give you multilingual audioguides. Sidenote: photography is not allowed inside the palace.
The Palace of Monaco that is home to Prince Rainer is located on a hill overlooking the entirety of Monaco. A large plaza is situated directly in front of the Palace and there are always plenty of tourists taking up the available space. From the Palace there are panoramic views of Monaco and the harbor. Additionally there is a shopping district and the Cathedral of Monaco is right next door.
Long paralised canons standing still next to the Palace of Monaco, not knowing whether it has been used or not but acclaimed to be the palace perfect weapon to intruders from attacking the palace on the hill. The palace actually surrounded by the old canons at 360 degree and sometime it was used for specific ocassion.
The guardian of a centuries-old tradition, this uniquely located Palace was built on the site of a fortress built by the Genoese in 1215.
The palace began as a fortress when in 1191 the German Emperor Henry IV ceded the harbor and the rocky promontory to the Republic of Genoa on the condition that they build fortifications to combat piracy. Additional property was acquired from the Council of Peille and the monks at the Abbaye de Saint Pons and construction actually only began in June 1215 when Fulco de Castello, one of Genoa's most enterprising consuls, anchored his fleet of ships loaded with building supplies in the harbor. By then they were ready to trace the outlines of a rampart of thirty-seven sections and four buttressed towers connected with 8-meter to form a triangular boundary. Later a higher wall was erected and a second fortress was added on the port side entrance, none of which remains today.
The palace is home to the Grimaldi family and was built in the 13th century. Cannons made during the time of Louis XIV surround the palace. The palace offers a panoramic view of the Port and Monte-Carlo. There is a changing of the guard ceremony performed by the “Carabiniers” at 11:55AM. The admission fee to museum itself is 4 Euro although you may walk the grounds for free.
The Prince's Palace is perhaps the less elegant palace of the european kingdoms (the ugliest is the Liechtenstein one) and is the home of the Grimaldi family. You can take a look inside through 15 rooms, including the Throne Room.
The princes palace is open for visitors, that is, the parts that the family has granted tourists to admire their collections in art and the great rooms and halls of the palace. In the tour also is the oldest part: the castle. This dates back to the 13th century and the walls are anchored in the rock, thus making it a very strong construction. Vauban, the great fortress architect also fortified the castle and the buildings are still in a nice reannaisance style.
The palace itself holds spectacular rooms and a onderful innercourt. White marble staircases lead to the galeries, the hall of mirrors and the hall of the thrown. A seperate wing beholds the "Musee Napoleonien" and as the name already says, it covers collections that have everything to do with the French emperor that conquered almost the whole of Europe. For lovers of Bonaparte a very inetersting museum.
This palace sits on the hill above the harbor, overlooking the Prince's private swimming pool. There are two guard stations, and the ceremony of the changing of the guard takes place everyday at 11:55AM.
Be sure to check out the archway on the right which leads down a winding path to the square below.
Do visit the Palace of the Prince of Monaco. It was only 5 Euro each, and you get an audio guide. The Palace is stunning and well worth the visit
The palace is situated on top of Monaco Rock and was built in the last century. The changing of guards takes place every morning at 11h55.
Home to Prince Albert of Monaco. The palace, located up on "the rock" is actually open for public tours. If you don't want to go in, you can still have fun by watching the changing of the guards.