European Vacation – September 25/19 – Monaco – Part 5 – Monte Carlo Casino

Officially called Casino de Monte Carlo, this building houses the casino, the Grand Theatre de Monte Carlo and the office of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. The casino was first proposed by Princess Caroline, spouse of Price Floristan 1. It opened in 1863, with one of the intents being to use casino revenues to save the Grimaldi family from bankruptcy, after the towns of Menton and Roquebrune broke away from Monaco and refused to pay taxes on olives and fruit. There have been several renovations and expansions, 1878-79, 1880-81 and 1898-99.

Intersting facts:

  • the casino was featured in Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale
  • it also appeared in Ocean’s Twelve
  • it makes an appearance in Madagascar 3:Europe’s Most Wanted
  • the casino is one of the primary sources of income of the House of Grimaldi
  • Monegasques are not allowed to enter Casino Monte Carlo


It is a beautiful building with beautiful grounds, but given the traffic congestion and the blinding sun, it was difficult to obtain good shots. Nonetheless, we persevered and were fortunate enough to succeed.

Casino from a distance

Detail shots

The building

9 thoughts on “European Vacation – September 25/19 – Monaco – Part 5 – Monte Carlo Casino

  1. I didn’t know it appeared in Ocean’s Twelve! It’s a very beautiful building both inside and out and we were excited to wander around it. Did you guys managed to go inside too? The architecture and attention to detail was amazing! Thanks for sharing and have a good day. Aiva

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    1. We have never been in. On our first visit, we did not met the dress code and on the latest trip, we did not have the time. Will need to give it a look next time. No pix though, unless I buy postcards. Thanks for reading Aiva. Allan

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      1. We did not meet the dress code either but the security at the main door never objected as we approached the entrance and easily let us go in without saying anything. Given the fact that I had one cranky toddler in my arms and my husband was carrying all his photography gear in a backpack, I was surprised and excited at the same time to have a peak at the interior! 😊

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  2. Don’t you just love what years they renovated? They must have done a major one sometime in the 20 the century you would think! Mod cons as we call them. I bet she could never have imagined how her casino idea would turn out

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    1. It was like they couldn’t get a good contractor. There is no mention of a reno in the 20th century, but I am sure they have money to decorate frequently. Since Caroline wanted to use the gambling money to fund the Garibaldi family, a tax, so to speak, was she the first one to coin the phrase “Gambling is a voluntary tax on the stupid?” Thanks for reading Bernie. Allan


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