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Italia Reggia di Caserta3 Visiting the Palace1


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The Royal Palace of Caserta (Reggia di Caserta) is a former royal residence in Caserta, southern Italy, constructed for the Bourbon kings of Naples. It is one of the largest palaces erected in Europe during the 18th century. In 1997, the palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The construction of the palace was begun in 1752 for Charles VII of Naples, who worked closely with his architect, Luigi Vanvitelli. The political and social model for Vanvitelli's palace was Versailles. One of the king's primary objects was to have a magnificent new royal court and administrative center for the kingdom in a location protected from sea attack, and distant from the revolt-prone and congested city of Naples. To provide the king with suitable protection, troop barracks were housed within the palace.

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Italia Reggia di Caserta3 Visiting the Palace1

  1. 1. The Royal Palace of Caserta (Reggia di Caserta) is a former royal residence constructed for the Bourbon kings of Naples. Caserta is located 40 kilometres north of Naples
  2. 2. Caserta's main attraction is its Royal Palace (listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The palace was created in the 18th century by the Italian architect Luigi Vanvitelli as a Versailles-like residence ("Reggia") for the Bourbon kings of Naples and Sicily. It is one of the most visited monuments in the country. Inside are more than 1200 rooms, decorated in various styles. It has been the set for several famous movies such as Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Angels & Demons and Mission: Impossible III.
  3. 3. In terms of volume, the Royal Palace of Caserta is the largest royal residence in the world with over 2 million m³ and covering an area of about 235,000 m² The palace has 5 floors, 1,200 rooms, including two dozen state apartments, a large library, and a theatre modeled after the Teatro San Carlo of Naples. A monumental avenue that would run 20 kilometers between the palace and Naples was planned but never realized The palace has a rectangular plan, measuring 247 × 184 m, and the four sides are connected by two orthogonal  arms, forming four inner courts
  4. 4. The lower vestibule
  5. 5. From the center of the vestibule you can see the courtyards and you can have a view of the park
  6. 6. Statues in the lower vestibule
  7. 7. The political and social model for Vanvitelli's palace was Versailles. Like its French predecessor, the palace was intended to display the power and grandeur of an absolute Bourbon monarchy Hercules - copy (1770-1773) by Andrea Violani from Hercules Farnese
  8. 8. Traditionally every May 4th around the world is celebrated Star Wars Day, the day dedicated to all the fans of the most popular star saga of all time: the recurrence is due to the singular assonance of the date expressed in English, that is "May the fourth" (May 4), with the famous Jedi motto "May the force be with you".
  9. 9. Saturday 5 May 2018 the event was held at the Royal Palace of Caserta where artists wearing fantastic costumes reproducing in every detail those used on the set of the various films was available for galactic activities inside the Palace. So for the guests was possible to take pictures with their favorite characters.
  10. 10. To the right extends the spectacular staircase of honour, the central ramp of witch frames the statue of Charles of Bourbon on the back of a lion (the personification of royal majesty)
  11. 11. The statue of Charles of Bourbon
  12. 12. The statue of Charles of Bourbon on the back of a lion is flanked by statues of Merit and Truth
  13. 13. The Truth by Gaetano Salomone
  14. 14. The staircase is made of a single marble slab. At the end of the two ramps there are two marble lions symbolizing the strength of reason and weapons, made by Paolo Persico and Tommaso Solari. It leads to the upper central peristyle on which the chapel and the waiting room open, through which you can access the real apartments
  15. 15. Staircase of honour, details
  16. 16. Staircase of honour, details
  17. 17. Baby Pit-Stop is a Unicef Italia project aimed at welcoming mothers who have to breastfeed their children and change their diapers
  18. 18. The Grand Staircase is overlooked by a double vault with an elliptical opening. The elliptical vaulted ceiling has a double structure so the musicians could be seated without being seen, for either solemn or festive occasion
  19. 19. The double elliptical vault presents a great scenography effect. Inside the vault, on the planking level, musicians used to play for the king and his guests when the royal procession, going up the grand staircase, entered the royal apartments, creating astonishment among the guests who heard the music without understanding from where it was coming. Since the musicians were inside the vault, the long reverberation made the listeners perceive the vault to be enveloped by the music
  20. 20. The staircase 32m high and 11,664 m3 volume
  21. 21. View from the bottom of statue of Charles of Bourbon
  22. 22. Kyle Thompson's first solo exhibition in Italy, in Caserta 
  23. 23. The upper hallway of the palace leads to the Cappella Palatina chapel, constructed with a single nave and a floor of multi-coloured marble, covered by a coffered tunnel- vault
  24. 24. The royal Palatine Chapel
  25. 25. A spiral staircase to the right of the entrance leads to the royal tribune and the upper gallery, which still bears the scars of the aerial bombardment of 27 September 1943. On the main altar stands the Immaculate Conception by Giuseppe Bonito (1707-1789), the only surviving canvas from those originally commissioned for the space. In 1948, work began on an intensive restoration project to return the chapel to its former glory, encompassing the floors of the nave and the apse, the tabernacle, the tribunes and the golden stucco work on the ceiling.
  26. 26. Sound: John Williams - Star Wars The Throne Room, Main Theme & May The Force Be With You Text: Internet Pictures: Sanda Foişoreanu Gabriela Cristescu Internet All  copyrights  belong to their  respective owners Presentation: Sanda Foişoreanu 2018