12 February 2009

The National Museum - Villa Sauber - la Belle Epoque


The Villa Sauber is the National Museum of Monaco. It houses the famous collection of Dolls and Automatons.

The 'Belle Epoque' (1890 - 1914) was distinguished by its exuberance and exaggeration in every field. Architecture was no exception to this phenomenon. The Second French Empire was marked by a strong urban development where an eclectic style drawn from the French was developing. The Cote d'Azur, with luxury hotels mushrooming, showed numerous architectural examples of that era.

The Villa Sauber, which houses the Galea collection, is a model of the genre and was built by Charles Garnier, architect of the Paris and Monte Carlo Opera Houses.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful location. The gentle stairs with all those beautiful flowers must be exquisite when it has more blooms to it as well as now. The plam trees in the background all adds to the delicate beauty of this great location.

m_m said...

I like this shot! Great capture of the building, the palm and the sky! Wonderful architecture!

Marie-Noyale said...

What a nice angle!
And that gorgeous blue sky....

Ming the Merciless said...

The color of the sky is absolutely gorgeous and I love the details on the building.

JM said...

The 1st shot is absolutely gorgeous!

Babooshka said...

I always feel like I am virtually walking round such history when I drop by. The blue is so typical of the are,simply gorgeous and the angle you have sets off that very ornate architecture a treat.

Sharon said...

Wow, beautiful details.

Virginia said...

Beautifully shot Jilly. Just gorgeous.
How are Les Girls doing? Hope they are improving and not misbehavin' !Ha

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