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Saint Charles Church, Monte-Carlo

#6 of 7 in Historic Sites in Monaco
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Church
Saint-Charles Church is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to Saint Charles Borromeo, the 15th-century Italian cardinal and archbishop. The church is situated on the Avenue Sainte-Charles in the Monte Carlo district of Monaco.
The church hosts the only English language catholic service on the French Riviera, and offers Catechism classes in English for children and adults.
In 1879, the Monegasque prince Charles III commissioned the construction of a new church to accommodate the growing population of Monte-Carlo. One of the builders was Italian-born Jean-Baptiste Pastor. The church's dedication to Charles Borromeo highlighted the Borromeo family's historic ties to the Grimaldi family, the ruling family of Monaco. Bishop Charles Theuret of Monaco laid Saint-Charles's corner stone on November 11, 1879; it was completed and opened on Easter Monday, March 26, 1883, and subsequently declared a parish church on March 15, 1887.
Theuret's successor, Bishop Jean-Charles Arnal of Curel dedicated the church in 1912. The church was restored and its facades renovated in its centenary year of 1983 by Prince Rainier III, he subsequently oversaw exterior renovation work at the church in 2003.
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  • On the right side of the boulevard du Moulin the very clean church St.Charles. You have to take some steps up but it gives a bref result. Nineteen stained glass windows light the nave. The gilded...  more »
  • The exterior has beautiful design and statues. The interior has a very feel of distinction from entrance to alter.  more »
  • Nice little church=
  • Services every day. Wonderful dedicated priests. Thank you.

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