In the western part of Monaco lies the Place du Palais with its bronze cannons dating from the time of Louis XIV; from here there is a beautiful view of Monte-Carlo. Dominating the square is the Palais du Prince, built in the 13th C. as a Genoese fortress. The changing of the guard takes place every day at 11.55am. Apart from providing this display, the Prince’s Guard is also responsible for the security of the Prince and his family and also appears at major events.
In the Palais there are splendid apartments, including the throne-room in Empire style, the York bedroom (18th C.) and beautiful 17th C. frescos (Genoese work). Tours take place when the Prince and his family are absent (in which case the Prince’s flag on the Tour Ste-Marie is not raised).