September 10, 2012
0318 MONACO - A stopover on the French Riviera
"With God's Help", as its national anthem says, but also due to the abilities of the House of Grimaldi, who rule it, with brief interruptions, since 1297, the Principality of Monaco managed not only to survive the vicissitudes of history, but also to remain independent. The skill of the Princes of Monaco is proven by the welfare prevailing now in the country, the second smallest (after the Vatican), but the most densely populated in the world. Monaco boasts also the world's highest gross domestic product at purchasing power parity per capita at $186,175 (approximately 20 times higher than that of Romania, for example), and the world's highest life expectancy at nearly 90 years. According to all these statistics, Monaco seems to be not only a tax haven, but a paradise in every sense of the word.
Besides the port, in tre postcard can be seen the Prince's Palace of Monaco, the official residence of the Prince of Monaco, built in 1191 as a Genoese fortress. It is one of the most unusual palaces in Europe, because on the one hand had to be fortified, and on the other the lack of alternative palaces and land shortages have resulted in their use as the residence of the ruler for more than 700 years, celebrated in 1997. As a result, the palace is a blend of architectural styles, always being added wings and blocks, built in the style of the time.
Monte Carlo (Mount Charles), Monaco's most populated quartier, in which is located the famous casino, hosts the rally that bears his name since 1911. Also, since 1955 principality hosts Monaco Grand Prix, widely considered to be one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world.
About the stamp
The stamp, showing the Russian Blue, was issued on January 10, 2012, with the occasion of the 5th International Cat Show, which helds at the Auditorium Rainier III on 11th and 12th February 2012. It is organised by the Monte-Carlo Cat Federation, in accordance with the World Cat Federation's criteria. The stamp was designed by Josepha Develon.
This is a post for Sunday Stamps #87, run by Viridian from Viridian’s Postcard Blog. The theme of this week is Cats, dogs, and other pets. Click on the button to visit Viridian’s blog and all the other participants.
Monaco - Wikipedia
Prince's Palace of Monaco - Wikipedia
2012 International Cat Show stamp - OETP Monaco
sent from Monaco, on 20.08.2012