(Principauté de Monaco)
Monaco now is renowned as one of the richest states in the world and home to the stars was part of France until Italy invaded the island in 1943. Germany took over soon after, but even sooner after that the war ended and once again, Monaco was the property of France. In 1956 the state came under the spotlight when the elegant and popular Hollywood star Grace Kelly married the Monaco prince Prince Rainier III. In 2005, twenty-five years after the death of Princess Grace, Rainier passed away, leaving the throne to his son Prince Albert II.
Monaco hosts two of the biggest motor races in the world- the Monaco Grand Prix and the Monte Carlo rally. Beginning in 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix has become the most prestigious grand prix race in the formula season, partly because its Monaco and partly because of its difficulty levels. During the race most of Monaco closes down and the drivers race down the island’s streets, which because they are narrower than most grand prix tracks and pass close to water, make driving not only slower than usual but also dangerous- at least two drivers have driven into the water. The car loving Prince Albert founded the Monte Carlo rally in 1911. He originally intended it for people to try out their new cars and claim great prestige for their product if they won the race. It has since evolved to become the opening race of the Inter Rally Challenge.
For such a small island, Monaco has an incredibly successful soccer team. Perhaps because of their connections and money they can attract some of the best players. French legends and world cup winners Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet both started the careers with the club and helped them to their 6th and 7th Ligue One titles - the top league in France. Their most recent success was reaching the Champions League final in 2004, losing 3-0 to Porto.
Interesting Facts About Monaco
-Monaco has the lowest rate of poverty in the world.
-Monaco is a special type of monarchy known as a principality.
-Monaco has more millionaires and billionaires than any other place on earth.
Gambling first became legal in Monaco in 1863 when Charles II decided to open the now legendary Monte Carlo Casino to combat the principality’s financial problems. From the beginning it was destined for success. He signed a contract with the inventor of roulette and right until 1933 Monaco was the only casino where one could play the infamous game. Now Monaco has five major casinos. In 2004, they added the poker tournament Monaco Millions to their repertoire. Unsurprisingly, the tournament has become one of the biggest poker tournaments in the world.
Special thanks to our contributors:
Simon Arms (Berlin, Germany)
Adebayo Ahmed Adebola (Ilorin, Nigeria).
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