Exhibition in Beaulieu-sur-Mer dedicated to the train arrival in Beaulieu
New exhibition in Beaulieu-sur-Mer dedicated to the train arrival in Beaulieu.
Beaulieu-sur-Mer remembers and commemorates the150th anniversary of the train arrival in Beaulieu from December 1st to December 16th in Sancta Maria de Olivo Chapel.
On October 18th 1868, the first train arrived in Beaulieu. The station is in the heart of the city, but the railroad separated it into two territories, an issue that raised inevitable debates. Five trains operated daily in each direction between Nice and Monaco. The ride to reach Nice took thirty minutes, and the ride to connect Beaulieu to Paris was … twenty-four hours! Now easily accessible, Beaulieu’s haven of peace quickly became a preferred destination for many crowned heads as well as major industrialists. The arrival of the train increased the development of Beaulieu at high speed. Almost all the monarchs who governed over Europe in the late nineteenth century had their own special trains. A siding in their honor opened in Beaulieu station. Thirty employees, including ten luggage porters, were permanently available. The first taxis and bus services for hotels appeared.
The exhibition presents all these upheavals with posters of the French Railroad Company from Paris, Lyon and the Mediterranean, pictures, a documentary film lent by Monaco’s film archives, paintings by Alain Ducoté and many other elements related to the railway world (station clock, parts of locomotives, engines…).
Fortunately, it is now easier and quicker to reach Beaulieu from Nice, Paris or anywhere!
Opened on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 14.00 to 18.00.