VILLA ALMERICO CAPRA, KNOWS AS "LA ROTONDA"

The villa was originally designed by Andrea Palladio for bishop Paolo Almerico around 1570, though neither designer nor patron would see the completed building. The construction was completed under the supervision of architect Vincenzo Scamozzi, for the noble Capra family. (additional sentence about the significance of the villa) Among Palladian villas, La Rotonda notably has porticos of equal grandeur on all four sides of the building. The central hall of its symmetrical square plan is covered by a dome, which may be one of the earliest examples of a dome used in Western residential architecture. La Rotonda is a private house, owned by the Valmarana family, who opened the villa to the public in 1986. The villa was inscribed in 1994 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the banner of the "City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto."

 

LIFE OF ANDREA PALLADIO [PDF]

GENESI OF THE VILLA [PDF]

 

LINKS

For more information, visit the Palladio Museum in Vicenza at Palazzo Barbaran da Porto, Contrà Porti 11 https://www.palladiomuseum.org/ and browse its online Media Library, which provides photos, drawings, and a bibliography of texts about La Rotonda: http://mediateca.palladiomuseum.org/palladio/opera.php?id=41 Ville Venete recommends routes to visit villas of the Veneto region and describes the content and facilities of each site: http://eng.villevenete.net/home_eng/ La Rotonda is included in Route 2: From Verona to Venice: http://eng.villevenete.net/all_the_itineraries/itinerario_2_copia_e71fabde9011d50/ The UNESCO World Heritage List entry for “City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto” provides historical background and describes the significance of the sites: https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/712/

 

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