Three days in Monaco (part 1)
A helicopter came in from the sea to land, and a young gentleman in glasses with red glasses and a light suitcase made of red leather shouted into my ear,…

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Monaco. History and culture of Monaco
The history of Monaco is largely the story of the Grimaldi family, which owns these lands. In 1918, an agreement was concluded between Monaco and France, according to which, after…

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Monaco - Millionaire Reserve
Monegasques (as the locals call themselves) manage from time to time to solve their "housing problem" without declaring war on neighboring France. Land is taken from the sea, filling new…

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finally gained independence

Court of Honor

The Honorary Courtyard is considered the former central part of the 13th century fortress. He took on his true architectural appearance during the reign of Honor II.

His successor, Prince Louis, planned to “cut through” the door in the frontal facade of the building, overlooking the Square and the old city. Then, during the restoration work carried out by Prince Rainier III, the Honorary Courtyard was paved with three million white and colored stones, forming giant geometric shapes.

In 1960, the sovereign prince provided the opportunity to the prestigious National Opera Orchestra (which has been called the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra since 1980), which has earned international recognition, to organize concerts on the territory of the Honorary Courtyard. Continue reading

Older sister (part 1)

Among the inhabitants of the Principality of Monaco, a legend is known about how the distant ancestor of Grimaldi rejected the harassment of a certain lady who turned out to be a sorceress. In revenge, she cursed the whole family, prophesying that there would be no happy marriages in this family. Be that as it may, of the current generation of the princely family, only the 46-year-old Princess Caroline was lucky in her personal life – and even then on the third attempt, when she married the Prince of Hanover. Ernst-Augustus, a native of the old family, the owner of magnificent castles in the north of Germany, is the godfather and grand-nephew of the Queen of England, as well as cousin of Queen Sofia of Spain and the Greek king Constantine. It was precisely such a party for daughters that Princess Grace dreamed of – the former Hollywood star Grace Kelly. Continue reading

Rolls-Royce Land (part 1)

In Monaco, the powers that be are twisting novels, losing crazy amounts in casinos, and indulging in other pleasures of life …

Thoughts free and involuntary

The yachts on the pier in Kondamina Perhaps, in general, the Principality of Monaco resembles a theatrical stage, on which several stories unfold. One of them confidently refutes the banal truth that a beautiful life is only in the movies. For one and a half centuries, the most famous people of our planet come to Monaco. There you can easily meet pop stars, top models and sports champions on the street. The sea, the sun, casinos, luxury hotels and restaurants, a rich cultural life in Monaco attract the very cream of society. Continue reading

Monaco in the late XVIII - early XIX centuries
During the period of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. All possessions of the Monaco prince in France were lost after the French Constituent Assembly abolished feudal rights on…

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Monaco in the late XVIII - early XIX centuries
During the period of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. All possessions of the Monaco prince in France were lost after the French Constituent Assembly abolished feudal rights on…

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Roses in memory of a beloved
On January 27, 304, a ship was thrown onto a rocky seashore, on it was the body of the young Christian martyr Devot - as the legend says. A white…

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