The Palazzo Reale of Naples was born by decision of Viceroy Fernandez Ruiz de Castro who, in 1599 in Naples, built a palace capable of hosting the sovereign and Spanish court in luxury. The commission was entrusted to Domenico Fontana, famous architect of the papal court. The construction of the palace began in 1600 but was to continue for centuries, reaching completion only in 1843 at the hand of Gaetano Genovese who enlarged and regularized the original project, conferring the palace a unitary architectural imprint.
The nucleus of the entire construction is the Royal Apartment which is approached by means of a monumental staircase in white marble, the lower part of which is decorated with allegorical bas-reliefs. The first room to the right of the Staircase is the Court Theatre, done by Ferdinando Fuga in 1768. The hall is decorated with white and gold stuccowork and conserves the original 12 papier-mâché statues portraying Apollo, Minerva, Mercury and the nine Muses. Three antechambers lead into the Throne Room: the throne can be dated around 1845-50 and is in the empire style; the velvet baldachin and gilt galloons date to the XVIII century and come from the Palazzo Reale of Palermo. The neoclassical ceiling depicts the extension of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in 1818. The house is fitted with portraits of court figures, kings, princesses and queens. Once past the Gallery, we reach the private rooms, including the Chapel of Maria Cristina, first wife of Ferdinando II. The queen’s silvered copper sarcophagus is located behind the early nineteenth-century wooden altar.
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