Thursday, July 7, 2011

St. Nicholas Churches Around the World - Monaco-Ville, Principality of Monaco

Saint Nicholas Cathedral
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This cathedral - which really, could it be situated anywhere other than beautiful Monaco? - has three names. Since it was built on the sight of the much earlier parish church which was consecrated to Nicholas of Myra in 1252 it is still called, St. Nicholas Cathedral. After more than 600 years, St. Nicholas's church was torn down  in 1874, and this beautiful cathedral was built. The structure was consecrated as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in 1875. The cathedral is also known simply as, Monaco Cathedral.
Being located on the Mediterranean Sea it is obvious why it was called in honor of St. Nicholas. He is of course, the patron saint of sailors!
Monaco's Location
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Image courtesy: Wikipedia
Beautiful Monaco!
The House of Grimaldi is the longest ruling monarchy in Europe and has ruled since just 45 years after the original church of St. Nicholas was built. 
Elena Grimaldi
Image Courtesy: Wikipedia
Artist: Anthony Van Dyck (c.1623)
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Monaco is, next to The Vatican City, the smallest country in the world surrounded on three sides by France and the Sea to the south. It might be small but it has the highest life expectancy rate in the world! And... it knows how to celebrate marriages!
Many of the Grimaldi family have been married in St. Nicholas Cathedral (due to lack of room for guests unfortunately not the most recent marriage by the ruling prince, Albert II). The most famous recent marriage to have taken place in St. Nicholas Cathedral is still that of the American film star, Grace Kelly, to Prince Rainier III.
Image courtesy: Daylife
April 19, 1956
And their son's wedding...
Image Courtesy: Naijan (Reuters)
July 3, 2011
Outside the Royal Palace...just last weekend!
Interior View of St. Nicholas Cathedral
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The St. Nicholas Altarpiece in the Cathedral
(St. Nicholas is seated in the middle)
And one last view of this lovely church still called in Saint Nicholas's honor...
Image courtesy: Wikipedia
Anyone for a trip to Monaco?!


Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Lovely post, maybe one day I will get to see Monaco and have a personal view of the cathedral :-) Diane

Louise said...

What a beautiful place!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WOOO HOOO I WAS THERE! STUNNING and chic, even for a church! HELLO ANN! YO, EDWARD!!! Anita

GrandmaK said...

Really a lovely church! Cathy

Lois Evensen said...


Your images are gorgeous as always!

Yes, we have been to Monaco. We were anchored off Villefranche and took the local bus to Monaco for the day. There is also train service. Other times we were in Villefranche we took the bus the other way to Nice or just stayed in Villefranche Sur Mer.

I will have to go look at my images from those trips if I can find them to see if this church is in them. I get a feeling the church is near the famous casino, to the right and across a square near the hotel as looking at the front door of the casino. There are gorgeous gardens behind the casino (between the casino and the sea) that we visited and photographed. It has been about ten years since we have been there so I may be very wrong about that location. I guess I have go to back, right?

Big hugs,

troutbirder said...

I'm not a casino patron but such a beautiful cathdral would definitely draw my interest. Well done!

imac said...

We went to Cannes last year.
This Church is another beauty.
Also the city.

Dorothy said...

Just beautiful!! ;)

Ming said...

Thanks for this post... count me in for Monaco!

Sara Bentley said...

Oh, me, me, me!!! Such gorgeous photos and interesting history -- SUCH a beautiful, little place on earth :)

Pat said...

Great photos and very interesting history!

PS: how's the darling Edward? xx

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Ann
Magnificent churches.. What a beautiful sight... Thank you so much for sharing this piece of history and images.
Wishing you a beautiful weekend.

Madi and Mom said...

What a beautiful church Monaco.
Princess Grace was a beautiful bride....
Hugs to you and Edward,
Madi and Mom

BeadedTail said...

That church is certainly fitting for Monaco! What a beautiful place and such a beautiful church!

Purrs to Edward!

Krystal said...

that is a REALLY beautiful church

Cindy Adkins said...

This is so beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing it, Ann!

Remington said...

Great post, my friend!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH ANN!!!! YOU CAME OVER and brought Sir Edward with you! teeeheee. Thank you dearest for leaving a comment to let me know you dropped by. It has been a blessing to invite you all into my little cottage.


Joyce said...

Thanks for stopping by today. This is one place I haven't been but would love to see. My sister spend a few days here on her honeymoon and loved it. Have a great day!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Wow that is just breath taking! I love you do all this research and bring it to us!

I never knew that is where she got married just beautiful! What a wonderful piece of culture.

S. Etole said...

Thanks for your comment today ... it was good to have you visit!

Rebecca said...

What a beautiful church!

K9 Katastrophie said...

What a beauty Monaco is! Sorry I haven't been around lately! Hope you and Edward are well!

Heartfire At Home said...

Beautiful, beautiful place. I haven't been anywhere much, never out of Australia, so I'm looking forward to a time when I get a chance to travel to glorious places like this.

Linda. xx

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Wishing you a beautiful weekend Ann.

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Salut Ann, even if I don't visit as often as I'd like, I always like all the information packed into your posts. In this particular case though the blue (wow) sky really helps too ;-) Wishing you a lovely weekend xo

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi There, I always enjoy your St. Nicholas Churches. How many do you have now? I still say that you should publish a book....

VERY interesting history. I enjoyed it so much.

Have a great day.

hi-d said...

So beautiful! It must be a wonderful place to live if the life expectancy is the longest there.

Thanks for stopping by my blog...and to answer your question about whether Maximus likes the's YES!!! In fact, when he gets in those stages where he's REALLY crying, if we walk him into the bathroom and turn on the lights and the fan...or even flush the toilet (haha) he calms down! Funny...I guess you had good luck with your first born as well in there. Whatever works, right?

Have a blessed day!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

What an interesting post, Ann. This is a beautiful place.

And, thanks for your comment on my blog today. I have two German Shepherds and they are awesome. :)