Casino of Monte Carlo
Casino of Monte Carlo (Place du Casino, Monaco) – this eye-catching casino, where the rich & famous have gambled for decades, was built in 1893 by Charles Garnier, the architect of the Paris Opera House. Its marble paved “atrium”, surrounded with 28 Ionic columns made of onyx, gives access to the Opera Hall (no visits) which is entirely decorated in red and gold, with bas-reliefs and sculptures.
For over a century, the Casino has held various events, including international operas, prestigious concerts, and exceptional ballets. Its series of “Gaming Rooms” are marvelously decorated with stained glass windows, sculptures, and allegorical paintings. The Casino has also caught the attention of Hollywood, with James Bond movies “Golden Eye” and “Never Say Never Again” being filmed there, as well as “Ocean’s Twelve” and Vin Diesel’s hit “Fast Five”.
Note: the Casino is open to players from 2 pm until the last table closes. Access is restricted: only those age 18 & above are admitted.
Tours are offered to groups from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm only (when gaming is not in session). Entry fee: €17 per person.