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Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto

City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The City of Vicenza was founded in the 2nd century BC in Italy. Vicenza flourished under the rule of Venice from the 15th century until the 18th century. The work of the Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) had a great impact on the City of Vicenza and the Veneto region. His work was based on the classical Roman and Greek architecture. The Palladian architecture had a great influence on the architecture in Northern America and Europe, such as the Banqueting House in Studley Royal Park in England. The architect Andrea Palladio created 23 buildings in the City of Vicenza and 3 villa's in its immediate environs. The Teatro Olimpico (Olympic Theater) was one of the masterworks of Andrea Palladio. It was his last work. After the death of Andrea Palladio the Teatro Olimpico was completed by his pupil Vincenzo Scamozzi. Tourists have been visiting the City of Vicenza for ages. Also Goethe visited Vicenza and the Palladian villas, in his 'Italian Journey' he describes Andrea Palladio as a genius. Vicenza is situated about 40 km northwest of Padua and about 71 km west of Venice. The City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1994.

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Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto - City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The main façade of the Chiericati Palace. The Palazzo Chiericati was designed...

City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The main façade of the Chiericati Palace. The Palazzo Chiericati was designed by Andrea Palladio in 1550, the works started in 1551, but was suspended in 1557. The Palazzo Chiericati was completed on the basis of Andrea Palladio's drawings in the 17the century, hundred years after his death. The Palazzo Chiericati is part of the World Heritage: City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto.

  1. Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto - City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The main façade of the Chiericati Palace. The Palazzo Chiericati was designed...

    City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The main façade of the Chiericati Palace. The Palazzo Chiericati was designed by Andrea Palladio in 1550, the works started in 1551, but was suspended in 1557. The Palazzo Chiericati was completed on the basis of Andrea Palladio's drawings in the 17the century, hundred years after his death. The Palazzo Chiericati is part of the World Heritage: City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto.

  2. Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto - City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The decorated ceiling of the loggia of the Palazzo Chiericati. The roofline of the Palazzo...

    City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The decorated ceiling of the loggia of the Palazzo Chiericati. The roofline of the Palazzo Chiericati is decorated with sculptures of Greek gods. The Palazzo Chiericati is a 16th century Renaissance palace, it was not fully completed until 1680. Nowadays, the palace houses the Civic Art Gallery of Vicenza. The Palazzo Chiericati is an UNESCO World Heritage.

  3. Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto - City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The main façade of Palazzo Chiericati is decorated with statues...

    City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The main façade of Palazzo Chiericati is decorated with statues of Roman and Greek gods. The columns on the lower level are Doric, the columns on the upper level are Ionic. The palace houses the Civic Art Gallery, the collection represents paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries, uncluding work of Anthony van Dyck. The city of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto were declared an UNESCO World Heritage.

  4. Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto - The statue of the Italian architect Andrea Palladio in front of the Basilica Palladiana in the city of Vicenza. Andrea Palladio is regarded...

    The statue of the Italian architect Andrea Palladio in front of the Basilica Palladiana in the city of Vicenza. Andrea Palladio is regarded as one of the greatest architects in the history of Western art. His designs for palaces and villas made him one of the most influential architects in Western architecture. The Basilica Palladiana is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto.

  5. Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto - City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The Piazza dei Signori is the main square in Vicenza. The column with the winged lion...

    City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The Piazza dei Signori is the main square in Vicenza. The column with the winged lion represents the Venetian Republic, the other column is topped with a statue of Christ the Redeemer. The Piazza dei Signori is surrounded by urban palaces, among them the Basilica Palladiana and the Loggia del Capitaniato, designed by the architect Andrea Palladio. 

  6. Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto - City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The Loggia del Capitaniato was designed by Andrea Palladio in 1571. The façade is...

    City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The Loggia del Capitaniato was designed by Andrea Palladio in 1571. The façade is divided by four half-columns, topped with enormous Corinthian capitals. The Loggia del Capitaniato is also known as the Palazzo del Capitaniato. The palace is facing the Basilica Palladiana. Since 1994, the Loggia del Capitaniato is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto.

  7. Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto - City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: A detail of the façade of the Loggia del Capitaniato. The façade...

    City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: A detail of the façade of the Loggia del Capitaniato. The façade is decorated with Istrian marble. The palace was designed by Andrea Palladio in 1571. It is also known as Palazzo del Capitaniato or Loggia Bernarda. The interior is decorated with frescoes by the Italian painter Fasolo. The Loggia del Capitaniato is situated on the Piazza dei Signori nearby the Basilica Palladiana.

  8. Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto - Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The Palazzo Schio is the 16th century patrician palace of Bernardo Schio. In 1560, the...

    Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The Palazzo Schio is the 16th century patrician palace of Bernardo Schio. In 1560, the architect Andrea Palladio designed the main façade of Bernardo Schio's urban palace in Vicenza. The Palazzo Schio is situated along the Corso Andrea Palladio. Since 1994, the Palazzo Schio is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto.

  9. Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto - City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The main façade of the Palazzo Porto. The Palazzo Porto was designed by Andrea...

    City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The main façade of the Palazzo Porto. The Palazzo Porto was designed by Andrea Palladio in 1544. After a long complex design process and realization, the Palazzo Porto was inhabitable from December 1549, though less then half the main façade was standing and would only be completed in 1552. The palace is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto.

  10. Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto - City of Vicenza: The Palazzo Barbaran da Porto was created in the period 1569-1575 for the nobleman Montano Barbarano. The Palazzo Barbaran da...

    City of Vicenza: The Palazzo Barbaran da Porto was created in the period 1569-1575 for the nobleman Montano Barbarano. The Palazzo Barbaran da Porto is the only large urban palace that the Italian architect Andrea Palladio ever fully completed. The palace was decorated by some of the greatest artists of the time. Since 1994, Palazzo Barbaran da Porto is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto.

  11. Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto - City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: A detail of the main façade of the Palazzo Barbaran da Porto. The columns of the...

    City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: A detail of the main façade of the Palazzo Barbaran da Porto. The columns of the main façade are Ionic. To decorate Palazzo Barbaran da Porto, some of the greatest artists of the time worked in the palace, such as the Italian painter Giovanni Battista Zelotti. The Palazzo Barbaran da Porto is the only palace in the city of  Vicenza which was completed according to the design of Andrea Palladio.

  12. Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto - City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The entrance gate into the courtyard of the Teatro Olimpico. The gate was designed by...

    City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The entrance gate into the courtyard of the Teatro Olimpico. The gate was designed by Vincenzo Scamozzi, a pupil of Andrea Palladio. The Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio died in 1580. Following the death of Andrea Palladio, the theatre was completed by Vincenzo Scamozzi in 1585. The Palladian architecture influenced the architecture of North America and Europe.

  13. Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto - City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The Teatro Olimpico is the oldest indoor Renaissance theater. The Teatro Olimpico was...

    City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The Teatro Olimpico is the oldest indoor Renaissance theater. The Teatro Olimpico was the final design of Andrea Palladio. The design was based on the ancient Roman theatre of Orange in France. The theatre is still used several times a year. The Teatro Olimpico is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto.

  14. Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto - City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The statues in the courtyard of the Teatro Olimpico. The interior of the...

    City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The statues in the courtyard of the Teatro Olimpico. The interior of the theatre resembles the ancient Roman and Greek open-air theaters. The Teatro Olimpico is situated near the Palazzo Chiericati, both the buildings were designed by Andrea Palladio. When Palladio died in 1580, he left several unfinished buildings, among them the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza.

  15. Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto - City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The entrance gate of the Teatro Olimpico, seen from the courtyard. Outside the gate...

    City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: The entrance gate of the Teatro Olimpico, seen from the courtyard. Outside the gate of the Teatro Olimpico lies the Palazzo Chiericati. Both the buildings were designed by Andrea Palladio and are situated in Vicenza. The City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1994. Vicenza is the city of one of the greatest architects of its time, Andrea Palladio.