Cathédrale de Monaco (Monaco Cathedral)
Monaco Cathedral is officially known as Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate but is sometimes called Saint Nicholas’ Cathedral, after a small chapel that once stood here. The current cathedral was built in 1875 and consecrated in 1911, yet it showcases a variety of different architectural and decorative styles, including an altarpiece by Louis Bréa that dates to 1500. The white stone structure draws influence from the Roman-Byzantine tradition.
In more recent history, this cathedral is the place where Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III in 1956. It is also the couple’s final resting place–inside you can visit their tombs, as well as the tombs of many members of Monaco’s royal dynasties. Today it continues to be the focal point of events held for the royal family. Its close proximity to other key sights makes it a highly worthwhile stop on a tour of the Monaco-Ville quartier.
Things to know before you go
- Entry to the cathedral is free.
- The cathedral is wheelchair accessible.
- Visit from September to June to hear the Children’s Choir of Monaco sing hymns on Sunday mornings.
How to get there
Located at 4 Rue Colonel Bellando de Castro, the cathedral sits atop the Rock of Monaco, in the Monaco-Ville quarter. It overlooks Port de Fontvieille across the water and is close to the royal palace, Saint-Martin gardens, and oceanographic museum.
When to get there
The cathedral is open daily for visitors and mass services. On Sundays, mass is offered twice in the mornings.
Visit the Princess Grace Memorial Rose Garden
Inside Fontvieille Park, you’ll find this serene rose garden, dedicated to the memory of Princess Grace of Monaco – AKA Grace Kelly – who captured the hearts of Monaco’s residents when she married Prince Rainier III in 1956. The garden has over 300 species of roses, including the Grimaldi Royal Family rose.
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- Prince's Palace (Palais Princier de Monaco)
- Oceanographic Museum (Musee Oceanographique)
- Fontvieille Park and Princess Grace Rose Garden
- Monaco Naval Museum (Musée Naval de Monaco)
- Monaco Top Cars Collection (Exhibition of HSH The Prince of Monaco's Vintage Car Collection)
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- Old Town of Monaco
- Exotic Garden of Monaco (Jardin Exotique de Monaco)
- Monte Carlo Casino (Casino de Monte-Carlo)
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- Casino Square (Place du Casino)
- Japanese Garden (Le Jardin Japonais)
- Larvotto Beach