26 June 2007

Casino de Monte Carlo - 2

Here's a detail of the famous Monte Carlo casino which was built in 1863. Charles Garnier, the legendary architect of the Paris Opera House, created the casino on a grand scale with its rococo turrets and green copper cupolas. As good a place as any, I suppose, to lose your money! Interestingly, Monaco citizens are forbidden access to the casino, as opposed to visitors and Monaco residents who may enter but must produce a passport or identity card.

If you are visiting Monaco, it's well worth the fee to enter the casino and see the amazing gold and marble atrium, the frescoes, bas-reliefs and gold chandeliers.

7 comments:

Terra Vecchia said...

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freelancer said...

vraiment très belle architecture

Ming_the_Merciless said...

I remember the casino but I didn't go in mainly because when I was there, I had no money and was dressed like a college student (which I was).

Coltrane_lives said...

Thanks for the history of the Monte Carlo. I hadn't known of the Garnier Opera House connection. However, I prefer to keep my money. Merci. ;-)

ps said...

Great photo and very informative! Thanks! But I was curious to know why Monaco citizens are forbidden accessto the casino?

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