Change of Guard, Monte-Carlo

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    Changing of the Guard

    by Dabs Updated Oct 10, 2012

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    There's isn't an overwhelming amount of things to do in Monaco, after all it's barely bigger than my backyard. So every tourist in Monaco I think comes to see the Changing of the Guard, a 10-15 minute ceremony featuring a lot of stomping and clanking of guns that one wonders if they even work since no one has ever probably had to use one to defend the Grimaldi family. By the time it started at 11:50am (the guide books say 11:55am), the crowds was 10 people deep and those of us at the front of the crowd had people shoving cameras and video recorders around our heads. Now while I can see taking a picture or two, are you really going to go home and watch a video of this mostly unremarkable ceremony?

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    Officers Barracks

    by MikeAtSea Written May 12, 2008

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    Directly opposite the Royal Palace one can find the officers barracks. Originally it housed officers of the French Legion. Charles III changed the purpose to house the Guard of Honour of the Prince’s Carabineers. From here the changing of the guards also proceeds to the palace.

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    Changing of the Guards

    by MikeAtSea Written May 8, 2008

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    Each day at 11.55 am one can view the changing of the guards of the Monaco Prince. The ceremony commences from the guard house on the opposite site of the square to the Palace and reverse. The chains across the square indicate where the guards will pass by.

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    Neat piles of cannonballs out front the Palace

    by Rita_ Written May 12, 2006

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    Monica & I on a pile of cannonballs

    Monaco's royal palace has been around since the 13th century. Every Grimaldi since has found it necessary to leave their mark on the place, and as a result this is not one of Europe's most elegant castles.
    If you've already blown your cash and can't afford the entrance fee, the changing of the guard won't cost you a cent. It starts just before noon and is over within two minutes.

    Out front the Palace you can find neat piles of cannonballs and an embankment from which you can enjoy a faboulous view of the city.

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    Change Of The Guard #2

    by al_mary Written Feb 2, 2006

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    High on the hill on the opposite side
    of the harbor from the casino is the
    Royal Palace. Every day at 11:55AM
    sharp, the Royal Guards parade onto
    the palaceís front square, some with
    swords drawn, other shouldering rifles
    with bayonets.

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    As the drums beat and the trumpets blare, they change guards and
    march off just at the palace clock strikes noon. The sight is well worth
    the short walk up the hill. Remember, the whole Principality is only
    about 486 acres, which is smaller than New Yorkís Central Park, so
    it is easy to get around on foot.

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    Change Of The Guard #1

    by al_mary Written Feb 2, 2006

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    High on the hill on the opposite side
    of the harbor from the casino is the
    Royal Palace. Every day at 11:55AM
    sharp, the Royal Guards parade onto
    the palaceís front square, some with
    swords drawn, other shouldering rifles
    with bayonets.

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    As the drums beat and the trumpets blare, they change guards and
    march off just at the palace clock strikes noon. The sight is well worth
    the short walk up the hill. Remember, the whole Principality is only
    about 486 acres, which is smaller than New Yorkís Central Park, so
    it is easy to get around on foot.

    Related to:
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Historical Travel

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