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One of the most prominent and also the most popular historical attraction in Monaco is The Prince's Palace of the Monaco. This sophisticated Louis-XIV-style palace was built in 13th century old Genoese fortress constructed by the oldest royal family of Monaco, the Grimaldi Family. Located on the edge of old town Le Rocher, you can enjoy breathtaking view of the entire peninsula. The grand architecture of the Prince's Palace of Monaco is simply mesmerizing and will pull the visitors back in the golden era of Grimaldi family seven centuries ago.
Admire the Trace of Royalty History in Prince's Palace of Monaco's State Apartment
The Palace Chapel or also known as Palatine Chapel is one of the most beautiful room inside Prince Palace's State Apartment. The small chapel was built in 1665 as a homage to St. John the Baptist, an important religious figure in Monaco. The chapel was decorated with some stunning 16th century frescoes depicting the history of the patron Saint of the Principality, Saint Devote. The chapel is located at the northern side of the main courtyard, that is also connected to the Hercule Gallery.
Hercule Gallery is another place in the State Apartment where some of the most beautiful art pieces are displayed. The centerpiece is a double-revolution Carrera marble staircase connecting the gallery and the main courtyard below. Some sources mentioned that the artistic marble staircase was made in the 13th Century, you might even see some striking resemblance to a staircase at the Chateau of Fountainbleau. It is probably makes sense that the designer was inspired by the latter. Head to the main courtyard and fascinate at beautiful 16th to 17th Centuries painted by Francesco Mazzuchelli and Orazio Ferrari, two of the most skilled artists in their respective era.
It isn't hard to find the Galerie des Glaces, or better known as the Mirror Gallery, since you'll have to get through it to enter the State Apartment. For centuries, many influential figures and politicians walked through the passage to meet the head of state. Today, visitors will be intrigued with the precise mirror placement that create an illusion of a long passage.
The color red is always associated with elegance, and that's probably the main reason behind the naming for Red Room. The Red Room is highly associated with the lavish style of Louis XV and numerous stunning paintings created by three Finnish painters: Jan Breughet and Mignard, and Charles Le Brun.
York Room is a grandiose hall ornamented with numerous frescoes painted by renowned Genovese artist Gregorie de Ferrari that projected the four seasons inside the murals. Right in the center of the room is a marble mosaic table used by the King to sign some important official documents. Nearby are several 17th Century furnitures, such as royal portraits, a Boulle Clock, and Florentine furnitures made of ebony wood. The room looks so vibrant one might be surprised to find that York Room actually had a rather gloomy past. The name “York Room” was taken as a homage to the Duke of York, brother of King George III of England who died in the very room in 1787.
The Throne Room is a place where all important events unfold, so that's probably why they put their greatest attention for its interior. The Throne Room's magnificent tall ceiling is ornated with intricated. Visitors can also learn about the surrender of Alexander the Great from impressive wall frescoes painted by 17th Century Genovese artist Orazio Ferrari. The royal thrones are placed under a red silk velvet canopy with a royal crown on top of it. The Grimaldi's coat of arms is visible on top of the throne along with its motto.
How to Get Tickets?
Visitors can purchase the ticket to Prince's Palace of Monaco directly in the ticket booth though we highly advise you to prebook them online first. General price for adults is €8 or $9.30 and €6 or $6.97 for children and students. You can also purchase the double ticket that enables you to not only access the State Apartment but also enjoying Private Collection of Antique Cars Room. The admission fee for double ticket is about €11.50 or $13.36 for adults and €5 or $5.81 for children.
How To Get Around?
The only way to go around Prince's Palace of Monaco and State Apartments is by walking, since all attractions are indoor and linked to each other.
What Should I Wear?
While there's no exact dresscode rules to enter Prince's Palace of Monaco, you might want to dress more appropriately. Meaning you will have to ditch your beach sandal to a more comfortable walking shoes and bring a cardigan or wearing long-sleeved blouse to cover your shoulders.
Best Time to Visit
The Prince's Palace of Monaco is open from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM everyday and is great to be visited at any hours. Though it is better to visit the royal palace at 10:00 AM so you will have a chance to see the Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince or Changing of the Guard ceremony that is held everyday at 11:55 AM. The ceremony is said to be one of the best things every tourist have to see when they are visiting the Prince's Palace.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, a guide won't be necessary since there are audio guide installed in every part of Prince's Palace of Monaco. Every information you need to know about this attraction is also available in this website.
How To Get There?
Public transportations are highly restricted in the Old Town, so the best way to get to the Prince's Palace of Monaco is by walking. It only take approximately 10 minutes to walk from Place d'Armes to the Palace Square. If you're taking a bus, you can take Monaco Bus Line 1 or 2 and alight at the Place de la Visitation bus stop. Take another bus to Terminus Monaco-Ville, and stop at the bus stop located right next to the Museum Chapelle de la Visitation. Walk for 5 minutes and you'll reach your destination.
Prince's Palace of Monaco consist of flight of stairs so the royal house is not accessible for wheelchair users.