The Prince's Palace of Monaco, also known as the Princiera Palace in Monegasque, is one of the main tourist attractions of the Principality of Monaco. Perched on the Rock, this majestic building offers a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean Sea from a height of sixty meters. Official residence of the Prince of Monaco since 1297, the Prince's Palace is a living witness to the turbulent history of this city-state.
The Prince's Palace, whose construction dates back to 1191, has witnessed many transformations during its history. Originally erected as a fortress of the Republic of Genoa, it was then taken by François Grimaldi in 1297, marking the beginning of the Grimaldi sovereignty over Monaco.
Over the centuries, the Palace has been remodeled and expanded, incorporating architectural styles ranging from the Renaissance to the modern era. This rich history is reflected in the architecture of the Palace itself, where you can see Italian, French and of course Monegasque influences.
The Grand Apartments of the Prince's Palace are a true architectural and artistic marvel. Dating from the seventeenth century, these sumptuously decorated rooms are a testimony to the refinement and elegance of the time. You will be dazzled by the Gallery of Hercules, beautifully decorated with frescoes with a total area of 600 m2, representing the exploits of the famous hero Hercules. These frescoes of the Italian Renaissance are a true artistic splendor not to be missed.
The York Salon and Bedroom, as well as the Louis XV Salon and Bedroom, are other emblematic pieces of the Grand Apartments that will immerse you in the history of Monaco and its sovereigns. Each room is richly furnished and decorated with works of art from different eras, offering visitors a total immersion in Monaco's royal past.
In addition to the Grand Apartments, the Prince's Palace houses a Historical Archives that contain precious treasures of European history. You can admire objects that belonged to Emperor Napoleon and explore the rich collections of arts and crafts, witnesses of Monaco's cultural heritage.
The museum of Napoleonic souvenirs is also a must. You will find rare and unique objects that belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte, making this collection a real historical treasure to discover.
End your visit to the Prince's Palace by attending the changing of the guard, a military ritual that takes place every day at 11:55 a.m. on Palace Square. This solemn show is a tribute to the military traditions and history of Monaco. The uniformed soldiers perform a solemn march, punctuated by the sound of footsteps and period cannons.
The Prince's Palace is open to visitors from April to October, from 10am to 6pm, and in November from 10am to 5pm. The entrance fee is 10 euros for adults and 5 euros for children from 6 to 16 years old. Admission is free for children under 6 years old.
We recommend booking your tickets in advance to avoid queues. The tour takes about 30 minutes, but take your time to explore each room and soak up Monaco's captivating history.
Do not miss the opportunity to discover the history and charm of the Prince's Palace of Monaco. This unforgettable tour will immerse you in the very essence of the Principality, blending a rich royal past with modern elegance. Treat yourself to this unique and precious experience to enrich your trip to Monaco.
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