Historic Quarter sights in Monaco
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Monaco Ville, also called Le Rocher, thrusts skywards on a pistol-shaped rock. It’s this strategic location, overlooking the sea, that became the stronghold of the Grimaldi dynasty. Built as a fortress in the 13th century, the palace is now the private residence of the Grimaldis. It is protected by the Carabiniers du Prince; changing of the guard takes place daily at 11.55am.
Le Rocher is the only part of Monaco to have retained small, winding medieval lanes; they tend to be overrun with souvenir and ice-cream shops but it does give a sense of what Monaco once was.
To access Le Rocher, walk up the 16th-century red-brick Rampe Major from place aux Armes in the Condamine…