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Rock of Monaco
Rock of Monaco / Paul Downey, / CC BY 2.0

World's second smallest state is also world's richest - and it shows! Most amazing landmarks in Monaco are its opulent buildings - its famous casino and opera, hotels and city palaces.

Natural landmarks

  • The Observatory Cave - natural cave at the foot of Exotic Gardens, with stalactites and stalagmites, curtains, helictites, also some rimstone dams. Cave contains evidence of prehistoric inhabitation by humans up to 200,000 years old and near it has been established anthropology museum.

Man made landmarks

Monte Carlo Casino
Monte Carlo Casino / tinman6, / CC BY-SA 2.0
  • Exotic Gardens - botanical gardens with a beautiful view on Mediterranean and very rich collection of succulents. Garden is perched on the top of 98 m tall cliff.
  • Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo - luxury hotel in Beaux Artes style, built in 1863.
  • Monte Carlo Casino - large, historically important gambling complex. The ornate structure was built in the 19th century, gradually expanding it. It is outstanding example of Beaux Arts style.
  • Napoleon Museum - museum at the Prince's Palace. In this museum are located numerous items which belonged to Napoleon - letters, clothing and other posessions from his exile in Saint Helena.
  • Oceanographic Museum, Monaco
    Oceanographic Museum / Robert Haandrikman, / CC BY 2.0
    Oceanographic Museum - enormous museum, built in Neo-Baroque style in 1910. Creation and construction of this museum was initiated and led by Prince Albert I. The enormous building is towering on the cliff above the Mediterranean and has rich collections relating to sea fauna and exploration. At the basement is large aquarium.
  • Opéra de Monte-Carlo - ornate opera building, coupled with the famous Monte Carlo Casino. Built in 1879, designed by the famous Beaux Arts designer and architect Charles Garnier. Opulent interiors.
  • Prince's Palace of Monaco - royal palace of the rulers of Monaco. This castle was built in 1191 by Genoese and since the end of the 13th century - a stronghold of Grimaldi family. Princes of Monaco have often rebuilt and extended this large building. Structure includes medieval fortifications, Renaissance palazzi and wonderful Baroque interiors.
  • Monaco Cathedral (Saint Nicholas Cathedral) - large cathedral in the old city, consecrated in 1875 and built in Neo-Romanesque style. Located in the site where the first church in Monaco was built in 1252.

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Featured: Monaco Cathedral

Monaco Cathedral
Monaco Cathedral / Berthold Werner, , CC BY-SA 3.0

The present day Cathedral of Monaco symbolizes the rebirth of this small principality in the late 19th century, when Monaco turned into independent and very rich country. The old, medieval church was torn down and in its place was built new, magnificent cathedral.

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