Principality of Monaco, Monaco
For over 7 centuries, the Grimaldi Family of Monaco -- from feudal lords in the late 1200s up to Princess Grace and now Prince Albert II -- have lived in the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, a fortress-turned-palace in the heart of Monte Carlo. Unlike other ruling dynasties, who change homes as their fortunes ebb and flow, Monaco’s royal family has stayed put; in such a little principality, one’s real estate options are limited. Today, in the same building that weathered 16th-century sieges and the French Revolution, the Grimaldis still live and rule from their private chambers -- even as tourists flock through to see the palace’s famous frescoes and Titians or enjoy open-air concerts in its history-drenched courtyard.
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