Unesco Sites of Italy: 18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, Aqueduct and San Leucio Complex

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The monumental complex at Caserta was built by the architect Luigi Vanvitelli for the Bourbon king Charles III in the mid-18th century to rival Versailles and the Royal Palace in Madrid.  The site, inscribed by Unesco in its World Heritage list in 1997, comprises a magnificent palace with its park and gardens, natural woodland, hunting lodges, as well as the Aqueduct Carolino and the industrial complex of San Leucio, built for the production of silk.

The Palace is the centerpiece of the architectural complex, set on a central axis that connects and unifies it. “With its four courtyards and three atriums, the Royal Palace is a great example of monumental structure built to be a magnificent palace for the royal family and its court and, at the same time, an administrative center inspired by the model

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