In the latest of His visits to locations historically linked to His family, Prince Albert II travelled to San Remo, Italy, on September 28.

In the morning, after unveiling with Mr Alberto Biancheri, Mayor of San Remo, the commemorative sign indicating that it is one of the Historic Grimaldi Sites at the entrance of the city, HSH the Prince visited the sanctuary of Our Lady of the Coast (Nostra Signora della Costa).

Completed in 1630, the current church, which overlooks the city and the old district of La Pigna, features Baroque architecture. In its transept there is an altar called ‘Grimaldi’, from the convent of the nuns of the Visitation of San Remo (partially destroyed in 1944).

The altar, which was completed in 1737, was donated by Prince Antoine I to the convent where his sister, Jeanne-Marie-Devote Grimaldi (1662-1741), known as Sister Louise-Marie-Thérèse, was Superior between 1709 and 1739. The Prince also saw the painted portrait of Sister Louise-Marie-Thérèse, usually kept in the diocesan seminary of San Remo, former convent of the Visitation.

Prince Albert II had visited the Church of Our Lady of the Coast when He was Hereditary Prince in September 1986.

SOURCE & PHOTO: Press Office of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco