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The royal palace of caserta (@reggiadicaserta
) is a monumental 18th century complex and a museum in the italian city of #caserta, about 20 miles north of naples. it is the world’s largest royal palace by volume and since 1997, an unesco world heritage site.
the design of the royal palace, the largest in the world by volume, was commissioned by charles of bourbon, king of naples, to italian-dutch architect luigi vanvitelli in 1752, with the aim of creating an imposing baroque-style residence capable to rival with, and even outsize, that of versailles near paris.
along with the palace, the king commissioned also a large park with fountains, artificial falls, waterworks, and pools fed by a specially built 23-mile-long aqueduct known as acquedotto carolino.
completed in 1845, the royal palace encompasses a floor area of over 500,000 square feet, with about 1,200 rooms, a royal chapel, and a 450-seat theater. 📸: @francescolp4, @federico_controni #architectanddesign