Palace of Caserta

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The Gala staircase of the palace.
The gardens of the palace showing the building proper.

The Palace of Caserta is a palace in Italy. It is just outside Naples. It was built by King Carlo VII of Naples[1]. It was one of the largest buildings built in Italy in the 8th century. It was mainly used as a summer residence of the royal family of the Two Sicilies. In Italian it is known as the Reggia di Caserta. The palace has some 1,200 rooms, including two dozen state apartments, a large library, and a theatre modelled after the Teatro San Carlo of Naples.

In 1997, the palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The nomination described it as "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"[2]. The king wanted a magnificent new royal court and administrative center for the Kingdom in a place protected from sea attack.

The palace was used during the filming of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace The building and gardens are often thought to be like the Palace of Versailles.

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  1. His wife Maria Amalia of Saxony also had great input in the project.
  2. UNESCO