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name Monaco originates either from the Greek word monoikos, which means
"single dwelling," which is a reference to a colony founded in the 500s.
Or the name refers to monks, which in Italian is monaci, as the Grimaldi
family took the city over with soldiers who were dressed as monks.
The culture of Monaco today is almost entirely rooted in the recent past and the
gorgeous piece of land the country owns. This land has been passed from power to
power over time until the late 1400s when the Grimaldi family, originally from Genoa,
Italy, purchased the land. Despite the long history of rule by this family, the
culture today is almost entirely dependent on modern technology and luxury.
Monaco has always held significant power and remained independent for much of its
history, however today's lifestyle and culture is rooted in luxury and this
only arrived with the advancement of technology and this small republic's willingness
to do anything so long as the price is right.
Monaco rose to the sky literally with the help of skyscrapers and other modern
technology. This allowed the enormous growth and high population density of this
small state as nearly every building boasts incredible views of the Mediterranean.
This beauty has attracted people from everywhere, but most people are ethnically
French or Italian, both of whom have introduced aspects of their culture to Monaco.
These people tend to speak their Romance languages, while introducing their foods,
lifestyles, and cultures to the tiny country.
However, Monaco must still attract people to their country and this has been done
in numerous ways. Of course the views are an attractions, but it's the country's
willingness to go to all extremes to satisfy their guests as any service can be
found, the Monte Carlo casino brings excitement, and the annual Grand Prix race
in the streets of Monte Carlo and also world famous.
Today this excitement and feeling of inaccessibility continues to attract the rich
and famous the world over. It also attracts those seeking out this lifestyle and
those just interested in living it for a brief moment. However, the country is more
than just an elitist lifestyle; many people work just as people in neighboring France
and Italy do. They raise families and life is focused more on providing for their
loved ones than on gambling and drinking champagne on a high-rise balcony.
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