Straight from the archives of the Washington Congress library, these old photographs show the Principality of Monaco in a way not often seen. And to top it off they are in colour.
Captured between 1890 and 1900 and coloured using a process called “Photochrome”, these photos offer a stroll through time, amongst unrecognizable landscapes, emblematic buildings and missing works.
The principality as seen from Cap Martin:
The beginnings of urbanisation:
After about thirty years, following the suppression of taxes by Charles III, construction work accelerated greatly in Monaco.
With the rise of real estate, the old waterfront looks very different from the one we know today.
The viaduct of Saint-Devot:
Before the bridge was built in 1964, there was the viaduct of Sainte-Dévote, built in 1868.
The Monte-Carlo Casino:
Designed in 1879 by the architect Charles Garnier, the casino of Monte-Carlo did not take its current form until 1910, after several extensions were made.
People would walk by the waterfront of the Casino, to fully enjoy the unique panorama of the Mediterranean.
The Casino gardens:
Since the end of the 19th century, the gardens of the Casino have always been admired.
A few years after building the Casino, Charles Garnier built the Opéra de Monaco, inaugurated in 1879 with a show by Sarah Bernhardt.