Monte Carlo Casino, Monaco
Photographed on 26 October 2003.
In 1854 gambling was legalized in Monaco by Prince Florestan I. The first casino was opened in 1856 in a villa near the harbour. Prince Charles III ordered the construction of a new quarter called Monte Carlo. A new casino was also part of this plan. The construction of the current building started in 1858. To make the casino more successful a 50-year concession to operate the gaming rooms was granted to a private individual named François Blanc In 1861. The new facility opened in 1863.
Since 1898 the concession has been operated by the Société des Bains de Mer. In 1910 the building was expanded with a theatre.
Picture added on 10 November 2010 at 11:32