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  • Address: 4 Rue Colonel Bellando de Castro
  • Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., or 6 p.m. in winter.

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Cathédrale de Monaco (Monaco Cathedral)

Visitors to Europe (and to France in particular) may be fatigued from seeing so many churches, even the fantastic ones, so at first glance, the relatively humble facade of the Monaco Cathedral may not rouse much excitement. But it's worth a visit for a variety of reasons.

First is its history. Generally referred to as the Cathédrale de Monaco, its official name is Cathédrale Notre-Dame-Immaculée, but it is also known as the Saint Nicholas Cathedral because of the original site on which the church was built, which was dedicated to Saint Nicholas in the 13th century. There are remnants of 15th-century architecture here, as well as a mish-mash of other styles.

The church is also notable for its relatively recent history, as this is where Grace Kelly married Prince Ranier III in 1956 and also the couple’s final resting place; you can visit their tombs and even leave flowers if you wish. All events for the Monaco royalty are held here, and it is the epicenter of national religious holidays.

The summer masses are also a reason to visit, as this is when the Children’s Choir of Monaco sings the hymns. Open to the faithful as well as non-religious visitors, it's quite an experience and a unique chance to see what local life is like in such a dream-like place.

Practical Info

Regular admission outside of religious services is free, and the church is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., or 6 p.m. in winter. Mass takes place daily, at 8 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, as well as 8:30 a.m. on Monday and Friday. Mass occurs twice every Sunday, at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Tours & Tickets

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Villefranche Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Monaco, Eze and Nice

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks in Villefranche-sur-Mer, and you have only a single day to see the beautiful cities of Monte Carlo, Eze and Nice, you’ll need a ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.98

Private Day Trip to Nice and Monaco

3 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

Nice, city of winter residence for European aristocracy since 1864, possesses a large heritage of Belle Epoque. The walk on the Promenade des Anglais, a large ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $122.75

Monaco and Eze Private Day Tour from Nice

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

See the best of the French Riviera on a private tour from Nice to Eze and Monaco. Drive along the Middle Corniche; stop along the way for gorgeous vistas over ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $97.70

Private Half-day Trip: Monaco and Monte Carlo from Nice by Minivan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Even if time is tight it's easy to take a quick two-hour tour to Monaco in the morning or afternoon. With your transport taken care of, you can sit back and ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.80

Monaco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 77 Reviews

See the best of the Principality of Monaco on a hop-on hop-off tour by open-top minibus. Discover Monaco at your own pace and hop on and off as many times as ...  Read more

Location: Monaco, Monaco
Duration: Varies

From USD $28.64

Monaco Shore Excursion: Small-Group Monaco and Eze Half-Day Tour

While in port in Monaco, let an expert guide show you the highlights of this glamorous principality and the nearby medieval village of Eze on this small-group ...  Read more

Location: Monaco, Monaco
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.47

Monaco Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Monaco, Eze and Nice

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks in Monaco and you have only a single day to see the beautiful cities of Monte Carlo, Nice and Eze, you’ll need a privately guided, ...  Read more

Location: Monaco, Monaco
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.98

Small-Group Monaco Night Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore the glamorous city of Monaco and see its top attractions illuminated against the night sky on a 5-hour night tour. Drive along the spectacular Basse ...  Read more

Location: Monaco, Monaco
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.30

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