PRINCIPALITY OF MONACO
PRINCIPAUTÉ DE MONACO
Yachting - High society - Luxury - La Cathédrale de Monaco - Grand Prix - Le Musée Océanographique - Grace Kelly - Casino Monte-Carlo - Jardin Exotique de Monaco - Grimaldi Palace
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Monaco is a tiny independent city-state on France’s Mediterranean coastline and the second-smallest sovereign state in the world. With 19,009 inhabitants per km², it is the most densely populated country and microstate on the French Riviera.
The country borders France on three sides while the South borders the Mediterranean Sea. Monaco has a land border of 5.47 km, a coastline of 3.83 km, and a width that varies between 1,700 and 349 m.
Monaco's most popular area is Monte Carlo. Due to its tax laws, the country is known as a playground for the rich and famous. In 2014, about 30% of the population was made up of millionaires, which is more than in Zürich or Geneva. Monaco is a country with many faces. An architectural highlight is the Grimaldi Palace, which was built predominantly in the 16th century and whose sumptuous halls are accessible for guided tours in the summertime. Another famous monument is the Saint-Nicolas Cathedral, built in 1875. This masterpiece of architecture, built in Romanesque-Byzantine style, surprises with an interior decorated with centuries-old art treasures.
A principality like Monaco scores with a huge range of attractions and cultural experiences. Those who want to immerse themselves in the colorful nightlife, try their luck in the casino or stroll in one of Europe's most glitzy harbours.
Museum lovers will benefit from a wide selection, both natural sciences and historical. Another highlight of the museum landscape is the princely car museum. Among other things, this exhibition includes an impressive classic car collection. An important part of the cityscape are the modern marinas, where huge and multi-million yachts anchor. A visit to Monte Carlo the major district, should not be missed. This city, built on an old town rock, is the scene of the spectacular Grand Prix motor race.