Royal Palace of Caserta

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Caserta Palace
The Reggia di Caserta, is a former royal residence, constructed for the Bourbon kings of Naples. It was the largest palace and probably the largest building erected in Europe in the eighteenth century. In 1996, the Palace of Caserta was listed among the World Heritage Sites on the grounds that it was "the swan song of the spectacular art of the Baroque, from which it adopted all the features needed to create the illusions of multidirectional space".

The garden, a typical example of the baroque extension of formal vistas, stretch for 120 ha, partly on hilly terrain. It is inspired by the park of Versailles, but it is commonly regarded as superior in beauty. The park starts from the back fa├žade of the palace, flanking a long alley with artificial fountains and cascades.

Caserta Garden
There is an English garden in the upper part designed in the 1780s by Carlo Vanvitelli and the London-trained plantsman-designer John Graefer. It is an early Continental example of an "English garden" in the svelte naturalistic taste of Capability Brown.

The fountains and cascades, each filling a vasca ("basin"), with architecture and hydraulics by Luigi Vanvitelli at intervals along a wide straight canal that runs to the horizon, rivalled those at Peterhof outside St. Petersburg. These include: The Fountain of Diana and Actaeon, The Fountain of Venus and Adonis, The Fountain of the Dolphins, The Fountain of Aeolus and The Fountain of Ceres.

Curiosity:

The Reggia was used as the location for Queen Amidala's Royal Palace on Naboo in the 1999 film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace  and again in the 2002 film Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones as Queen Jamillia's palace. The same room was also used in Mission Impossible III as Vatican City. In fact, the square where the Lamborghini is blown up is actually the square inside the Palace.
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Caserta Palace
Caserta Palace
Caserta Garden
Caserta Garden
Water fall of the garden
Water fall of the garden
Caserta
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