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“Interesting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Monaco St Nicholas Cathedral

Monaco St Nicholas Cathedral
4 rue Colonel Bellando de Castro, Monaco-Ville 98000, Monaco
377 93 30 87 70
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Ranked #3 of 18 Attractions in Monaco-Ville
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Magnificent cathedral, built in 1875, is the final resting place of Princess Grace of Monaco, several important 16th-century paintings and a wooden altar dating from the Spanish Renaissance.
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

I liked going into the Cathedral and walking directly in and guided to the area of where previous Kings/Queens are laid to rest.
Especially liked to see the tomb of Grace Kelly.

Visited June 2013
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“Lovely cathedral.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

From the outside the cathedral is large and white with much detail and on e you are inside it us breathtaking. It is different to many Italian and French churches we have been into and therefore I highly recommend a visit. Lovely.

Visited June 2013
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“Pretty and Tranquil Church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Walking through Monaco is a wonderful, yet when the crowds get a little tiring and you are looking for a place to enjoy a bit of peace, the Cathedrale de Monaco is the place to go. Not only is it a pretty church, it is also a tranquil place to sit peacefully, reflect and pray. Princess Grace's grave (often covered with flowers-easy to spot) is also located within the church.

Visited June 2013
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“a Beautiful Venue and Great Acoustics”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

If you are ever travelling to Monaco, check on the internet if there are any musical performances at the Monaco-Ville Cathedral. From a musical perspective, the acoustics are fabulous and the cathedral is absolutely fantastic with the great lighting. We saw the Vivaldi performance by la Nouvelle Philharmonie de Hamburg and were very impressed with everything!

Visited June 2013
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“Lovely & Peaceful Church - Princess Grace Kelly Rest Here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

The church is famous for the tombs of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier, as well as their religious weddings. Gratia Patricia (Grace Patricia Kelly) – the Princess consort of Monaco married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, on April 1956 in this church. On September 14, 1982, Princess Grace died as a result of a car accident. H.S.H. Prince Rainier, known as “The Builder Prince”, passed away on April 6, 2005.

The Monaco Cathedral (Cathedrale de Monaco), also known as Saint Nicholas Cathedral, was built in 1875 on the site of a medieval church built in the 13th century. It is in Monaco Ville, near the Oceanographic Museum. The facade of the church, in blocks of polished white stone, is full of delicate carves. You need to walk up the steps to the entrance. At the center of the cathedral is an altar, and the mosaic apse that shows the Virgin Mary holding Jesus on her lap. On the right are Saint Devote, Saint Nicolas and Chapelle du Saint-Sacrement. Now you are in the tombs - the ambulatory where the graves of the Sovereign Princes of Monaco and their wives, including Princess Grace (engraved “Gratia Patricia”) and Prince Rainier. We also found some costumes displayed alongside the ambulatory. On the way out, you will see the Pietà des Pénitents Blancs and Baptistère.

The interior lighting makes you feel comfortable and peaceful. The abundance of natural light from the windows blends beautifully with the carefully arranged interior lighting. We love the church and are glad to have been here, seeing Princess Grace rest in peace.

Visited July 2012
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