The Prince's Palace of Monaco is the official residence of the Sovereign Prince of Monaco. Built in 1191 as a Genoese fortress, during its long and often dramatic history it has been bombarded and besieged by many foreign powers. Since the end of the 13th century, it has been the stronghold and home of the Grimaldi family who first captured it in 1297. The Grimaldi ruled the area first as feudal lords, and from the 17th century as sovereign princes, but their power was often derived from fragile agreements with their larger and stronger neighbours.
Thus while other European sovereigns were building luxurious, modern Renaissance and Baroque palaces, politics and common sense demanded that the palace of the Monegasque rulers be fortified. This unique requirement, at such a late stage in history, has made the palace at Monaco one of the most unusual in Europe.
Mar 26 - Jun 30, Sep 1 - Oct 16 2016:
daily: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (last entry at 5:30 p.m.)
Open until 7 p.m. in July and August. (last entry 6:30 pm)
State Apartments admission:
Children (8-14), students: €4
State Apartments + Private collection of cars:
Children (6-14), students: €5
Official Website https://www.palais.mc/
Phone +377 93 25 18 31
Address Place du Palais, 98000 Monaco, Monaco
Coordinates 43°43'52.81" N 7°25'12.404" E