Palais Du Prince
Monaco is one if the beautiful places that worth visiting it! I’m sure that when you will get there, you will see what I mean by that. The French Riviera is one of the most glamorous locations and it has so many places and events that deserve your attention, that you will never get bored here!
One of these places is “Palais du Prince”, the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, which is the official residence of the Prince of Monaco. Built in 1191 as a Genoese fortress, during its long and often dramatic history it has been bombarded and besieged by many foreign powers. Since the end of the 13th century, it has been the stronghold and home of theGrimaldi family who first captured it in 1297. The Grimaldi ruled the area first as feudal lords, and from the 17th century as sovereign princes, but their power was often derived from fragile agreements with their larger and stronger neighbours.
Thus while other European sovereigns were building luxurious, modern Renaissance and Baroque palaces, politics and common sense demanded that the palace of the Monegasque rulers be fortified. The palace is a blend of architectural styles, its ancient origins are indicated by a lack of symmetry. These things have made the palace at Monaco one of the most unusual in Europe. Its fortifications were finally relaxed during the late 18th century, it was seized by the French and stripped of its treasures, and fell into decline, while the Grimaldi were exiled for over 20 years. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the palace and its owners became symbols of the slightly risqué glamour and decadence that were associated with Monte Carlo and the French Riviera. In the 21st century, the palace remains the residence of the current Prince of Monaco.
The Palais du Prince is on the interior just like any other Prince palace is, with the state apartments, Throne rom, chapel, All Saints Tower and other rooms like the Blue Room and also the Hall of Mirrors. The most remarkable room in the suite is the Mazarin Room. This drawing room is lined with Italian gilded and painted polychrome boiseries by craftsmen brought to France by Cardinal Mazarin, who was related by marriage to the Grimaldi. Cardinal Mazarin’s portrait hangs above the fireplace. The state rooms are open to the public during the summer, and since 1960, the palace’s courtyard has been the setting for open-air concerts given by Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Today the palace is home to Prince Rainier’s son and successor, Prince Albert II. However, the palace is far more than a tourist attraction and museum: it remains a fully working palace and headquarters of the Monégasque ruler, a fact emphasised by thesentries on constant guard duty at the entrance. For important Monégasque events—such as Grimaldi weddings and births—the palace courtyard is opened and the assembled citizens of Monaco are addressed by the prince from the Gallery of Hercules overlooking the courtyard. The courtyard is also used to host the annual children’s Christmas party. Through such events, the palace continues to play a central role in the lives of the prince and his subjects, as it has done for over 700 years.
That being said, if you are going to visit the palace in the summer, you will have the chance to also visit the rooms of the Prince’s Palace.