Ward of Monaco
Location in Monaco
|• Total||0.329516 km2 (0.127227 sq mi)|
|• Density||10,931/km2 (28,310/sq mi)|
Fontvieille (French pronunciation: [fɔ̃vjɛj]) is the southernmost ward in the Principality of Monaco. It was developed by an Italian architect, Manfredi Nicoletti, between the 1970s and the 1990s.
In contrast to the other city districts Monaco-Ville, Monte Carlo and La Condamine, Fontvieille was constructed, after Italian engineer Gianfranco Gilardini'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. In 1981, the then Crown Prince Albert (since April 6, 2005 Albert II, Prince of Monaco) laid the cornerstone for the new city quarter.
Plans announced in late 2009 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.[needs update]
The new area will include three to four new hotels, corporate businesses, shops and apartments for between 600-800 newcomers.
Despite not being the highest-priced part of Monaco, flats are also very expensive. For example, a 65 m² (700 ft²) one bedroom apartment with one bathroom and one car parking space, was offered at €3,200,000 (about $3,514,000 US) in May 2015.
Part of Fontvieille's southern boundaries include the border with the French Republic where the Didier Deschamps Stadium and the Port of Cap d'Ail are located in close proximity.
The district also contains the Monaco Heliport, which provides frequent links to Nice Airport in neighboring France, with connections to direct flights to New York, Dubai, London, and other important European destinations.
The Museum of Stamps and Coins displays Monegasque money dating to 1640, and illustrates the postal history of the principality.
Columbus Hotel Monaco, which was owned by former racing driver David Coulthard, is located in Fontvieille.
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