The Royal Palace of Naples

The Royal Palace of Naples

The Royal Palace of Naples was built in 1600 by Domenico Fontana and is located in Piazza Plebiscito. Over the centuries it has been the residence of the Spanish viceroys, Austrians and Bourbons. When Naples in 1734 became the capital of the autonomous kingdom with Charles of Bourbon, the Royal Palace was enlarged first to the sea side with the House of the First Butler and later toward the Vesuvius with the apartment for the Royal Princes.

After 1861 it became the Neapolitan residence of the Savoy sovereigns. Over the centuries, depending on the will of the rulers, the Royal Palace of Naples has been modified and expanded to meet the needs of the time. In 1837 the building was damaged by the fire and then was restored by Gaetano Genovese that realize the monumental staircase, the Belvedere courtyard and the roof garden. The last changes took place in the time of Ferdinand II Bourbon, between 1838 and 1858. In 1888 Umberto I of Savoy did make 8 statues of the founders of the reigning monarchs of Naples as Roger the Norman, Charles of Anjou to Vittorio Emanuele II.

In 1919 was transferred to the State by Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia lII, intended in large part to the National Library, while the oldest wing became a museum for its rich historical artistic testimonies from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century. Today it houses the Royal Palace Museum and it houses the Palatine Chapel dedicated to the Assumption.

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