The world’s second smallest state is also world’s richest – and it shows!
The most amazing wonders of Monaco are its opulent buildings – its famous casino and opera, hotels and city palaces.
Map with the described wonders
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Top 9 wonders of Monaco
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 settlement by humans up to 200,000 years old and near it has been established anthropology museum.
Monte Carlo Casino
Large, historically important gambling complex. The ornate structure was built in the 19th century, gradually expanding it. It is an outstanding example of the Beaux-Arts style.
Prince’s Palace of Monaco
The 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 the Grimaldi family. Princes of Monaco have often rebuilt and extended this large building. The structure includes medieval fortifications, Renaissance palazzi, and wonderful Baroque interiors.
An enormous museum, constructed in the Neo-Baroque style in 1910. The creation and construction of this museum were 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. In the basement is a large aquarium.
Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo
Luxury hotel in Beaux-Arts style, built in 1863.
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.
Botanical gardens with a beautiful view of the Mediterranean and a very rich collection of succulents. The garden is perched on the top of a 98 m tall cliff.
Large cathedral in the old city, consecrated in 1875 and built in Neo-Romanesque style. Located on the site where the first church in Monaco was built in 1252.
Museum at the Prince’s Palace. In this museum are located numerous items that belonged to Napoleon – letters, clothing, and other possessions from his exile in Saint Helena.
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