The Port Hercule
Natural bay located at the foot of the Rocher, the Port Hercule played an important role in the development of the principality. Firstly used as a commercial harbor by Greeks and Romans during antiquity, the harbor adopted its current contours at the dawn of the twentieth century under the initiative of the Prince Albert 1st.
Then his successors kept developing it to make it the most contemporary and practical harbor of the western Mediterranean sea. A particularity of the Port Hercule is that it’s the only deep sea port on the French Riviera. Since 1929, it also receives the departure and the arrival of the Formula 1 Grand Prix.
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The « Port Hercule » covers an area of 16 hectares since the end of its expansion in 2011.
In 2008, a 352 meter long semi-floating sea wall of 160 000 tons has enabled to protect the water surface from the eastern winds. A 145 meters counter jetty completes the system.
Since its expansion, the harbor can receive 700 boats, including some 300 meters ships alongside the semi-floating sea wall.
The outer harbour is 40 meters deep, 30 meters deep at the outside jetty. The minimum depth is 7meters alongside the docks.
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On the right, the boat “Princess Alice” property of Prince Albert 1rst, on the heights the “Trophée d’Auguste” and also the “Righa d’Hiver” in La Turbie.
Small and big boats in the Port Hercule. On the right we can see again the “Princess Alice”.
Event on the Harbour with the take of a balloon. Jacques Faure wants to reach the Corsica in an airship in order to study the airflows from the Mediterranean. Évènement sur le Port avec le décollage d’un ballon. Jacques Faure veut tenter de gagner la Corse en dirigeable pour étudier les courants aériens de la Méditerranée.
The Build of the Quai des Etats-Unis Ostende Avenue, with in the background the chimney of the pottery, the « Hotel Beau-Rivage », « Hotel des Princes ».
In 1914, the Harbour is the setting of the big historical parade « Monaco in Middle Ages » , for the celebrations of the 25 years of reign of Prince Albert 1rst.
View of the Port Hercule , the Condamine and Monte-Carlo from Monaco-Ville.
The yachts during the celebrations of the Prince’s day the 17th of January 1929.
The day before the national day the 16th of January 1934, the Harbour and the Rock are scintillating.
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Marine Thermal Baths Monte-Carlo
A historic establishment of Monaco,7000 square meters of luxury,tranquility and voluptuousness with an impregnable view of the port.
Inaugurated in 1908 by the SAS Prince Albert 1st,renovated in 1928,destroyed by bombardments during the second world war,relaunched and boosted by the Prince Rainier III in 1995,the Marine Thermal Baths of Monte-Carlo perpetuate a centenary tradition in Monaco.The Society of the Bains de Mer takes it name and leads the haven of peace situated on the Avenue of Monte-Carlo.Directly connected to the Hotel Hermitage,this unique establishment in Europe offers an impressive range of treatments relaxing and conditioners,with a complex of cryotherapy and a pool fed from seawater drawn by 37 meters of depth off the coast of the Principality.
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Nautical Stadium Rainier III
Well known of F1 amateurs to form the curve of the pool on the circuit of the Grand Prix,the Nautical Stadium Rainier III is a pool outdoors implanted right in the middle of the Hercule Port.
Its pool of olympic dimensions(50 mX 25m) accounts of 3000 meters cubed of treated seawater,filtered and heated at 27°.It is embellished of diving boards of 1 meter,3 meters,5 meters and 10 meters,of a slide of 45 meters long and of a “toborock” for the children.Its beaches dispose of deckchairs and of parasols for rental.The whole of the structure is monitored by qualified lifeguards.Every year,the Nautical Stadium Rainier III transforms itself in a skating rink of a surface of 1000 meters squared from December to March.
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International Jumping of Monte-Carlo
Every year since 2006,the Hercule Port hosts the International Jumping of Monte-Carlo.
This event is the result of a very long equestrian tradition in the Principality.It has very quickly become an inescapable date of the Longines Global Champions Tour,the world circuit of show jumping.Distinguished cavalier,Charlotte Casiraghi,daughter of the SAR Princesse Caroline of Hannover,sponsors the Longines Pro-Am Cup,competition by teams that confront confirmed amateurs and international cavaliers in a friendly atmosphere.Every year,only the top thirty best international cavaliers are invited.
The Port Hercule