Fontvieille, Monaco

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Quarter and Ward of Monaco
View of Fontvieille
View of Fontvieille
Location in Monaco
Location in Monaco
Fontvieille is located in France
Location in relation to France
Coordinates: 43°43′46″N 7°24′54″E / 43.72944°N 7.41500°E / 43.72944; 7.41500Coordinates: 43°43′46″N 7°24′54″E / 43.72944°N 7.41500°E / 43.72944; 7.41500
Country  Monaco
 • Total 0.334970 km2 (0.129333 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 3,602

Fontvieille is the newest of the four traditional quarters (districts) in the principality of Monaco, and one of ten Wards for modern administrative purposes. Located in the western part of Monaco its construction was started in the 1970s following the project of the Italian architect Manfredi Nicoletti. New plans exist to extend Fontvieille, due to Monaco's growing economy and population.


Fontvieille, Monaco

In contrast to the other city districts Monaco-Ville, Monte Carlo and La Condamine, Fontvieille was constructed, after Italian engineer Gianfranco Gilardini[1][2]'s design, almost entirely on artificially reclaimed land and thus represents one of the younger parts of the principality. In order to combat the chronic land shortage in the extremely densely populated principality, the work was begun in 1966 to create new land in the Mediterranean Sea southwest of le rocher.[3] In 1981, the then Crown Prince Albert (since April 6, 2005 Albert II, Prince of Monaco) laid the cornerstone for the new city quarter.[4]

The existence of Fontvieille, and its many public works projects, relates substantially to former Prince of Monaco, Prince Rainier III's reputation as the Builder Prince.

Plans announced in late 2009[5] to extend Fontvieille by the Department of Urban Development are currently being overseen by Prince Albert. The plan is to build a small 0.05 km² (0.02 sq mi) or 5.3 ha (13 acres) aura on the west side of the rock, currently planned to be finished by 2015. The new aura will include 3 to 4 new hotels, corporate businesses, shops and apartments for between 600-800 new comers.

Despite not being the highest priced part of Monaco, flats are also very expensive. For example 32 m² studio with 1 bathroom, 1 cellar, and 1 car parking space, can cost €990,000[6](about $1,277,914).[7]


Fontvieille represents the southwestern portion of the city state, which in an area of 0.35 km2 (0.14 sq mi) or 35 ha (86 acres). accommodates a population 3,602 (census of population 2008).[8]

4 hectares of Fontvieille are given over to the Fontvieille Park and Princess Grace Rose Garden.[9]

Stade Louis II[edit]

Fontvieille contains Stade Louis II (or Louis II Stadium), which serves as the home ground of AS Monaco FC, a Monaco football club that is one of the most successful in the French national league; the stadium also contains the club's offices and the International University of Monaco (IUM). The ground also hosted the European Super Cup, an annual event pitting the winners of the top UEFA club competitions, the Champions League and Europa League, between 1998 and 2012.


The district also contains Monaco Heliport, which provides frequent links to Nice Airport in neighboring France, with connections to direct flights to New York, London, and other important European destinations.

Monaco's automobile museum, the Monaco Top Cars Collection, is located on the Terrasses de Fontvieille.[9] Columbus Hotel Monaco, which was owned by former racing driver David Coulthard, is located in Fontvieille.

Venturi and its subsidiary Voxan are headquartered on the northern side of Fontvieille.

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ lesacablog No real name given + Add Contact. "081001tpbm | Flickr - Photo Sharing!". Flickr. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  2. ^ "Gilardini Foundation home page". 2008-09-13. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  3. ^ "The harbour of Fontvieille in Monaco". Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  4. ^ "The 700 Years of Grimaldi". Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  5. ^ "Monaco to build into the sea to create more space". The Telegraph. 2009-12-28. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
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  8. ^ Recensement 2008
  9. ^ a b "Fontvieille Park and the Princess Grace Rose Garden". Visit Monaco - Fontvieille Park and the Princess Grace Rose Garden. Visit Monaco. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "Lewis Hamilton 'to buy £10m Monaco apartment". Mail Online. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  11. ^ Bjorn Borg personal information, latest news, accomplishments and more
  12. ^ a b c d "The tax haven that today's super rich City commuters call home". The Guardian. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Piers Morgan On Monte Carlo
  14. ^ "Tom Boonen verhuist definitief van Monaco naar de Kempen". Het Laatse Nieuws (in Dutch). 11 January 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Fontvieille at Wikimedia Commons