Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A postcard from Monaco

Located on the Mediterranean Sea, Monaco is surrounded by France on three sides. This small country is 0.8 square miles in size, or approximately the same size as Central Park in New York City. It is the smallest state in the world after Vatican City.

In 1297 François Grimaldi and a small army seized control of the Rock of Monaco. Although the Grimaldis were expelled in 1301, they returned thirty years later, and the House of Grimaldi has ruled Monaco uninterrupted (except from 1789 to 1814, when it fell under French rule) since then.  

Monaco post issued a commemorative stamp to celebrate the 70th Monaco Grand prix race. Monte Carlo is host to most of the Circuit de Monaco, on which the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix takes place.


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