CASERTA ROYAL PALACE
The Royal Palace of Caserta (Italian:
Reggia di Caserta) is a
former royal residence in
Caserta, constructed for the
Bourbon kings of Naples.
One of the most sumptuous royal
palaces in Europe. The
construction of the palace was
begun in 1752 for Charles VII of
Naples, who worked closely with
his architect Luigi Vanvitelli.
The reasons for building the
Palace were to have a new
capital of the Kingdom in
Caserta and to protect the court
from possible attacks from the
sea. The King also decided to
build a theatre, a large library,
and a university. The Palace
might have been a splendid place
for court ceremonies, too.
As finished, the palace has some
1,200 rooms, two dozen state
apartments, and a royal theatre
modelled after the Teatro San
Carlo of Naples.
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