The Grimaldi dynasty that governs the Principality of Monaco, one of the oldest in Europe, is the descendant of an ancient patrician family from Genoa. Jealous of their independence, the sovereigns who have succeeded to the throne of Monaco have sought to preserve the unity of their country in a tradition that has continued from the 11th century to the present day and is personified by His Highness, Prince Rainier III.
Faithful to this tradition, but also resolutely turned towards the future, Prince Rainier is determined to give his country the prodigious growth that makes it one of the most modern of states, through urban planning and tourism and through industrial and commercial expansion.
The Monaco Pavilion was designed to illustrate this dual objective. Its theme: "Tradition and Progress".
In this superb pavilion, alongside portraits of the leading figures of the Grimaldi dynasty, you will find diagrams illustrating this ancient principality moving forward towards modernisation.
A special section presents the scientific achievements of Prince Albert I, one of the initiators of oceanography.
An animated show depicts Monaco's cultural and social activities, festivals and sporting events, such as the famous "Grand Prix" car race. The country's philately is also presented; philatelists can obtain stamps issued especially for Expo'70.
A state still young, where the authority of one man preserves the freedom of every man, this thousand-year-old principality reflects in its harmony one of the oldest civilisations in the world: the Mediterranean culture.