Monte-Carlo Sculpture Path

Start at the top of the “French-style” Boulingrins gardens, which date back to 1865 and take their name from the game of boules, played as early as the 17th century. 
Start: Top of the Jardins des Boulingrins Finish: The terrasse du Casino
Distance:  Average walking time: 40 minutes  
Difficulty: None    
Notable features: Certain artworks are not accessible for persons with reduced mobility.


You will see the bust of Prince Charles III, created by Roland Mathieu MEUSNIER in 1867. On the Plateau des Spélugues, Prince Charles III ushered in the era of tourism in the Principality and this particular district, which was named “Monte-Carlo” in his honour in 1866.
From here, there are splendid views of Place du Casino, home to the Hôtel de Paris, a Belle Epoque style luxury hotel opened in 1864; the casino, which opened in 1863, was designed by the architect Godinot and has since been expanded several times; and the Opera, built by Charles Garnier and inaugurated in 1879. The Opera was built in a record time of just eight months and 16 days!
Walking through the Jardins des Boulingrins, turn left into the Jardins de la Petite Afrique. These tropical gardens were created by landscaper Edouard ANDRE. Next, head towards Place du Casino. Along the way, look out for “Slate Cone for Little Africa” (1991) by Andy Goldsworthy, and “Le Dimitrodon” (1989) by Claude LALANNE. 

In the middle of Place du Casino you will find a piece called Sky Mirror (1999) created by Anish KAPOOR.

Around the square are numerous busts of artists, reflecting the area’s status as a hive of cultural activity from the 19th century onwards. They include a bust of Jules Massenet (created by Léopold BERNSTAMM in 1914, on Avenue de Monte-Carlo, in a small square outside the main entrance to the Salle Garnier), a bust of Hector Berlioz, (by Paul ROUSSEL, on the Terrasse du Casino, outside the Salle Garnier), and the bust of Serge de Diaghilev (by Paul BELMONDO, on the Terrasse du Casino, opposite the Salle Blanche).

Walk around the Opera onto the Terrasses du Casino, to admire views of the Mediterranean and the headlands of the French and Italian rivieras. You will also find sculptures by three prominent artists of the 20th and 21st centuries: “Reina Mariana” (2003) by Manolo VALDES, “Adam et Eve” (1981) by Fernando BOTERO, and further on, towards the sea, Victor VASARELY’s mosaic “Hexa Grace” (1979) on the roof of the Rainier III auditorium.

©Amra Pasic