The Casino at Monte Carlo

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The Casino at Monte Carlo

The principality of Monaco is the second-smaller sovereign state in the world and could fit into London’s Hyde Park easily. Although Monaco is such a small area, it has become one of the world’s most prestigious and wealthiest resorts.

There could be no grander setting than at the base of the Maritime Alps along the French Riviera for a casino. The Casino de Monte-Carlo construct was in 1863, just a few steps from the palatial Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo. Both the hotel and the iconic casino are managed by the Societe des Bains de Mer de Monaco.

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Initially, the building was planned to improve the financial condition of the royal family and state, but in 1863 the state was impoverished and unable to attract visitors. The neighbouring states were not interested in travelling to Monaco due to access issues, and the casino did not function for an extended period and was closed.

There was a time that Monaco was a busy port known as “The Den of Thieves,” which would not have attracted the rich and famous to visit.

If we fast forward to the late ’70s, Monte-Carlo Casino was expanded numerous times with several entertainment areas added that attract visitors worldwide to either gamble or simply enjoy the beauty of the building.

Today, most people know of Monaco as a tax haven. Many high rollers travel to the principality to enjoy more than one of the best casinos in the world. What is less commonly known is that Monaco's status as a tax haven only exists because of the revenue the casinos produce. The Casino de Monte-Carlo has become synonymous with James Bond. Its high, ornate ceilings and lush decor is the host for a range of casino table games like baccarat ( the game of 007.)

A spokesperson from commented that the Casino de Monte-Carlo is a perfect place for tourists and casino lovers to visit. The casino stands out from the other buildings as the decorations are so opulent. The Monte-Carlo Casino has a non-standard structure. Inside the building, there are both a theatre and a playhouse. In fact, the whole construction is unique.

What Makes Monte-Carlo Casino so Special?

● The casino has perfect symmetry and sophisticated decor. The facing of Monte-Carlo Casino is built from marble. Each room is uniquely decorated with ivory and lavish carpeting to create an opulent interior. From the outside, the hall looks like a museum.

● The building was built in the Beaux Arts style (which means lovely art in French) The Beaux Arts style is reminiscent of the Renaissance in Italy or the Baroque in France.

● Monte-Carlo Casino was designed by Charles Garnie, a famous French architect. He travelled throughout the world to gain inspiration. His fame followed after the creation of the Paris Opera House.

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