Saturday, August 23, 2008

Monaco by night

More cards from Monaco.

The territory of the Principality of Monaco at night.

"Monaco’s Hercule port is a natural bay situated at the foot of the ancestral rock of the Princes of Monaco. It is one of the rare, if not the only, deep water ports on the Riviera.
It was once used by the Greeks and the Romans as a commercial port, but it had an inconvenience : being poorly sheltered from winds from the East. For this reason, two quays were constructed at the beginning of the 20th century which offered a better but not totally efficient protection.
More recently, his Royal Highness the Prince Rainer III commissioned studies in the 70’s to improve the harbor’s protection by placing, beyond the two existing quays, a new seawall designed to totally shelter the port from Eastern swells.
The studies resulted in the construction of a 352 meter long, 160,000 ton immense structure at the base of the rock of Gibraltar. This unique structure has the advantage of being semi-floating in order to preserve the sea’s natural plant and animal life." - in

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