The Prince's Palace of Monaco is the official residence of the 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. Ironically, when its fortifications were finally relaxed during the late 18th century, it was seized by the French and stripped of its treasures, and fell into decline, while the Grimaldi were exiled for over 20 years.
The Grimaldi's occupation of their palace is also unusual because, unlike other European ruling families, the absence of alternative palaces and land shortages have resulted in their use of the same residence for more than seven centuries. Thus, their fortunes and politics are directly reflected in the evolution of the palace. Whereas the Romanovs, Bourbons, and Habsburgs could, and frequently did, build completely new palaces, the most the Grimaldi could achieve when enjoying good fortune, or desirous of change, was to build a new tower or wing, or, as they did more frequently, rebuild an existing part of the palace. Thus, the Prince's Palace reflects the history not only of Monaco, but of the family which in 1997 celebrated 700 years of rule from the same palace.
During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the palace and its owners became symbols of the slightly risqué glamour and decadence that were associated with Monte Carlo and the French Riviera. Glamour and theatricality became reality when the American film star Grace Kelly became chatelaine to the palace in 1956. In the 21st century, the palace remains the residence of the current Prince of Monaco.
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jhm (157798) 2012-09-05 4:51
Lovely townscape with the Prince's Palace of Monaco as the official residence of the Prince of Monaco.
I can see clear the police and the much visitors.
You play excellent with light and shadows, you create depth and perspective with this building.
Sharpness and colors are amazing.
Excellent of composition, nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
ourania (49793) 2012-09-05 5:24
a lovely composition that marvellously handles the various points of interest to be found all over the frame. I like very much the clear and comprehensive capture of the palace, the movement and vividness of the courtyard and the dramatic scenery of the background that provides a striking contrast. You have handled the light and its variations excellently, the depth and the colours are very pleasing. Well done and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
bema (26425) 2012-09-05 5:33
Hi Barbara, my dear,
looking at your very in tersting uploadsd int he last days, i have to admit, that must have had a beautioful journy through the southern part of Europe so far..
great daily life scene here, very< colorful indeed!
thanks for sharing, see you soon, cheers Bernd
krzychu30 (15512) 2012-09-05 6:09
Ksiaze Albert,ten to ma zycie ze moze mieszkac w tak pieknym palacu:)palac robi naprawde wrazenie,zarowno pod wzgledem architektonicznym,jak i pod wzgledem powierzchni.Bardzo ladnie uchwycona scena,do tego swietnie wgladaja te chmury,ktore wydaja sie jakby splywaly zza gor nad miasto.Znakomita ostrosc,piekne i zywe kolory oraz super kontrast.Bardzo dobrze uchwycilas piekno tego miejsca.
tedesse (25135) 2012-09-05 6:31
Fantastyczny kadr przedstawiajacy piekny palac.
Super kolory, swiatlo i ostrosc.
mirosu (16273) 2012-09-05 7:50
A great use of colors and light. The depth of field is perfect. A well presented crop allows eyes to remain fixed on the palace. This is a really excellent photo. The "blue" windows are beautiful and your composition with the contrasting light and colors and the people around works so well. Very nice!
jlbrthnn (76039) 2012-09-05 9:25
You had left your yacht moored in the port;) A beautiful picture of architecture, the crowd and the police pride. The light, colors, sharpness and depth are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Fis2 (103818) 2012-09-05 14:15
Ciekawy plac i budowla jaka pokazalas.
Ladny kadr i kolory.
mauro61 (52857) 2012-09-05 14:17
ben ripresa la parte più moderna del Palazzo con il piacevole via vai di gente ad animare la foto.
Ben controllata la forte luce,
Budapestman (82620) 2012-09-05 15:11
a beautiful photo of this elegant palace, the composition is spectacular and I like the full of life atmosphere and the warm lights. Great view, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
Ps: Thank you for your kind words to my 1700th post
aliabazari (16252) 2012-09-05 18:58
Old castles and beautiful. Architecture, beautiful mountains and clouds in the background is more interesting and it is fun.
Thank you for registering for this beautiful picture.
Silvio1953 (150161) 2012-09-06 0:50
Ciao Barbara, great view of fantastic palace, lovely composition with a lot of people, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
jmdias (67139) 2012-09-06 2:47
very nice view of the palace. I liked the light and the view of the mountains covered with fog. even the gards are well positioned here. nice job.
baddori (20159) 2012-09-06 23:55
Molti turisti in questo principato.
Una icona della costa azzurra ed una meta obbligatoria da visitare e fotografare.
JFS (32459) 2012-09-07 5:12
Few times i've seen this Palace so clearly, the light is beautiful, lots of atmosphere. A good shot Barbara! thanks a lot!
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-09-08 4:36
Ola Barbara ,
Bela visão do palácio do Mónaco , interessante o contraste de arquitetura , parece um local cheio de turistas , belo céu azul, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
cornejo (45364) 2012-09-09 10:51
Hi Barbara, very nice picture of this beautiful palace building, beautiful and technically very interesting picture. Very good and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Best regards and best wishes.
claudeD (40844) 2012-09-10 6:21
very fne architeture shot from Monaco showing this interesting Palace and the place in front of it. Very good composition and all the people are adding life to your shot.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
- Copyright: Barbara Stec (Sonata11) (33971)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-07-30
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T2i, Tamron 18-270 F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
- Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-05 4:21