We would like to greet our bridge friends in Monte Carlo, Monaco. We have tried to include as many websites pertaining to the Game of Bridge played in Monte Carlo in the following list. We would appreciate your help in completing this list. If you find any website concerning bridge, please inform us and we would be more than happy to include it.

Monte-Carlo (Occitan: Montcarles, Monégasque: Monte-Carlu) is one of Monaco's various administrative areas, sometimes erroneously believed to be a town or the country's capital. The official capital is Monaco-Ville and covers all quarters of the territory.

 

Bridge Federation of Monaco - Fédération Monégasque de Bridge - The Bridge Federation of Monaco was founded in 1967 by Mr. Bartholomew Gastaldi. The first President of the Federation was Mr. Goddet Mauritius, who was succeeded the following year Dr. Pierre Crovetto, who assumed the duties of the Bridge Federation .
 

Bridge Clubs in Monaco

Le Monte Carlo Country Club
Av. Princesse Grace, Saint Roman
06190 Roquebrune Cap-Martin
Telephone: 00 33 (0)4 93 41 72 01 et 93 41 99 93
Tournois de régularité avec points d’expert

Union Club
Hotel Hermitage
98000 Monaco
Telephone: 00 377 92 16 77 37 / 00 377 93 50 50 71

Maison de L'Amerique Latine
Europa Résidence
Place des Moulins
98000 Monaco
Telephone: 00 377 93 25 17 51

 

Short Summary of the History of Monaco

The Genoese built a fortress on the site of present-day Monaco in 1215. The current ruling Grimaldi family secured control in the late 13th century, and a principality was established in 1338. Economic development was spurred in the late 19th century with a railroad linkup to France and the opening of a casino. Since then, the principality's mild climate, splendid scenery, and gambling facilities have made Monaco world famous as a tourist and recreation center.

 

Facts, Legends and Myths

The Ligurians

The first inhabitants of our area, the Ligurians, probably arrived when the immigrant warriors who spoke an Indo-European language first penetrated into Provence and Liguria. Ancient authors, the historian Diodorus Siculus and the geographer Strabon, described the Ligurians as a race of mountaineers used to the hardest work and practicing an exemplary frugality.

The Legend of Heracles (Hercules) and the name of Monaco

The opening of the route which runs parallel to the coast from Italy to Spain, together with the construction of the old fortifications which were found there, were attributed by the peoples of the past to the great hero of Greek mythology, Heracles, known to the Romans as Hercules. Altars were dedicated to him at the main crossroads of the modest road known as The Road of Hercules. A complete temple was consecrated to him in the Ligurian port of Monaco. Throughout antiquity, this place was known as Port Hercules. Phoecian and Carthagenian sailors contributed to its prosperity.

The name Monaco, Monoikos in Greek, is nearly always associated with that of Hercules by the ancient writers. In Greek, Heracles Monoikos may mean Heracles alone or Heracles who has only one temple. This is popular etymology. The name Monoikos is certainly a native one and must have its origin in the Ligurian language. It does not appear to be the name of a tribe. The coast and the harbor of Monaco were probably the outlet to the sea for a great Ligurian people of the hinterland, the Oratelli of Peille.

While the Roman period lasted, Monaco was part of the Province of the Maritime Alps. Julius Caesar embarked from its harbor on his way to lead his campaign in Greece. After the fall of the Roman Empire in the fifth century, the whole region was ravaged by the barbarians; this period of invasions lasted until the end of the tenth century. After the expulsion of the Saracens in 975, little by little people began to return to live on the Ligurian coast.

 

 

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