23 February 2007

Fontvieille port


There are two ports in Monaco. One is the old port where all the big boats are moored and where the massive liners come in. The other is the small port of Fontvieille, of which a small part is pictured here.

Fontvieille is the area of Monaco that is on land re-claimed from the sea. Contruction started in 1966 and it added 22 hectares to the area of the Principality. Work finished in 1973 and then the construction of the buildings began and this new quarter of Monaco started to develop. Fontvieille is probably the quietest part of Monaco, except perhaps for the noise from the heliport. It has many beautiful and very expensive apartment buildings. The circus is here, shops, a veterinarian, and many little restaurants sit around the water. The main supermarket of Monaco, called Carrefour, is also located in Fontvieille.

The port itself covers approximately 8 hectares and has berths for 160 vessels. Its size however doesn't permit it to accept vessels more than 30 metres in length.

6 comments:

angela said...

You've captured the quietness in this photo...
Angela

isabella said...

Never knew about "the other" port...Very quaint.

Chris & Deb said...

I never knew there was another port either! This one looks beautiful and intimate. Is it far from the main port?

Jilly said...

Chris and Deb and Isabella,

If you look at the hillside (rock) to the left of the photograph, that is the area of Monaco called Le Rocher (or rock) and is where the Palace is. On the otherside of the rock is the old port, the one you know.

Hope that makes sense. Nothing is far from anywhere in Monaco - it being so small.

Jillyx

Omaheña said...

Thanks for visiting my "castle" in Omaha! Now if only someone would build a great port like the one in your photo! Unlikely since we are in the very middle of the USA.

Kuanyin said...

Mahalo Nui Loa Jilli for answering my question and checking on the sculpture! Ah, a beautiful port photo!

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