I am sure you noticed from the pictures in my previous post on Naples that the capital city of Campania is full of stunning architecture. It is very easy to fall in love with the beauty of its many churches and historic buildings. Yet, there is one building – and one specific façade of that building – that captured me most.
The Royal Palace of Naples was initially one of the residences used by the Bourbon Kings during their rule of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies (1730-1860). It later became the Neapolitan residence of the House of Savoy, which ruled the Kingdom of Italy from 1861 until the end of the Second World War.
The façade of the building fronting on Piazza del Plebiscito displays a series of eight statues of prominent members of the dynasties that ruled the Kingdom of Naples. The statues are displayed in chronological order starting with the oldest dynasty.
Interestingly enough, since the statues were built at the request of King Umberto I of Savoy, none of them refer to the Bourbon dynasty.
I found the statues so beautifully and elegantly imposing. They also got me interested into reading more about the history of the Kingdom of Naples.
Here are the pictures I took of the statues. They are beautiful, aren’t they?
Ruggiero il Normanno (born 1095 – died 1154)
Frederico II di Svevia (born 1090 – died 1147)
Carlo I d’Angiò (born 1226 – died 1285)
Alfonso V d’Aragona (born 1396 – died 1458)
Charles V (born 1500 – died 1558)
Charles III of Spain (1716-1788)
Gioacchino Murat (born 1767 – died 1815)
Vittorio Emanuele II (born 1820 – died 1878)
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