Royal Palace of Naples
Discovering the Royal Palace of Naples
The Royal Palace of Naples is a suggestive palace and now museum located in the downtown of the city close to the sea, just in front of the majestic Piazza del Plebiscito. The Royal Palace of Naples is known as well for its library, it is for sure one of the most appreciated attraction for tourists in Naples!
The Royal Palace was commissioned to Domenico Fontana in 1600, who delivered it after only two years, although not completely finished.
Visiting the Royal Palace of Naples
Among the most important area to see there are; The Royal Apartment, that since 1919 has been used as a museum with the name of Historic Apartment; the Royal Chapel, the center of the Neapolitan music scene; the gardens with their holm oaks, magnolias, rare plants and other types of plants, and the Court Theater, in fact, for reasons of decorum, the viceroys could not go to the theater, in 1768 Ferdinando Fuga set up a court theater in the Great Hall.
The Facade of the Royal Palace of Naples is majestic and has eight statues kept in external niches depicting eight of the most important kings who ascended the throne of the Kingdom of Naples. Each statue is the result of a different sculptor who told in its style a part of the history of the city.
Another unmissable area is the Throne Room. A great thing about this area is that on the ceiling female identities embrace the symbol of the crown: these are the personification of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, while, in the center, the crests of the horse and the Trinacria to symbolize Naples and Sicily.
Finally the Hall of Hercules, the hall of the viceroys enriched by many of their portraits; today it houses the series of Love and Psyche tapestries woven by Pietro Duranti, between 1783 and 1789, and coming from the Royal Factory of Naples. Not to be missed, the watch by Thuret, depicting Atlas holding up the world.
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