Monaco; The Beauty-Spot of the Riviera

Monaco; The Beauty-Spot of the Riviera

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...built on its foundation, and which will soon be completed. The model of this cathedral, due to the distinguished architect, M. Lenormand, won a diploma and a silver medal at the Universal Exhibition of 1878. It is conceived in the French Renaissance style. The same architect is also building another church at Monaco, to be dedicated to St. Charles, which will be as rich in ornamentation as the cathedral, though built in the Roman style. Four narrow streets, commencing from the Palace Square, traverse the old town. Here the antiquarian will find some curious antique doorways, and the artist may contemplate the effects of light and shade where the arch frontage of the houses screen the shops built back away from the road and the sunbeams. Facing the Palace is the guard-house, and a short street to the right leads to the government offices, to the tribunal and prison-house, the cathedral and central post-office. This is the only paste restante in the Principality, and here must be brought all parcels for post, or letters that require registering. All round the south and eastern side of the town, on the rocks overlooking the sea, run the Avenue and Garden de St. Martin. This is one of the pleasantest walks of the Principality, and was personally designed by Honore V., who also cut the carriage road out of the solid rock of the glacis on the side of the port. Wherever there is a little earth gathered on the rocks, the flora of Africa may be seen growing in full luxuriance. The umbrella pine, the lentiscus, the tamarisk, the rose laurel, form shady groves, and the menacing aloe and awkward prickly pear, or cactus, constitute a formidable defence. The latter were first introduced by a Franciscan monk, who accompanied the Monegasque ships when, under the...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123666552X
  • 9781236665522