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Re: ROYAL RESIDENCES OF THE SAVOY FAMILY
« Reply #150 on: August 30, 2005, 09:06:01 AM »

Tommaso di Savoia-Carignano, progenitor of the House of Savoy, entrusted the architect Carlo di Castellamonte with the original landscaping and it is important to note that the princes always took great care of the charming park. They commissioned important architects specialised in horticulture to care for the plants (now centuries old) and the park was embellished with statues, fountains and small streams and waterfalls, as well as greenhouses and winter shelters for specific and more delicate cultivation. Among the architects working there were André Le Nôtre (as early as 1670) the most important and sought after horticultural designer in the Baroque period and the great French specialist Michel Bernard (1746), who gave the entire park a spectacular “French” arrangement. These choices were modified by Giacomo Pregliasco in the last twenty years of the eighteenth century and particularly by Xavier Kurten (appointed park director in 1820). He landscaped the gardens according to the dictates of the Romantic tastes prevalent at the time, by introducing a large variety of long-stemmed plants (some exotic) and a spectacular arrangement characterised by the twisting and turning of the paths and the charming views that suddenly came into view. Various facilities were also constructed inside the park, both for its management and as romantic oases for relaxation amidst nature.

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« Reply #151 on: August 30, 2005, 09:08:21 AM »

In 1823, Ferdinando Bonsignore built an observation tower in Neo-classical style in the north-west corner of the fence and in various years a number of other constructions were completed: the “Hermitage” (used as an aviary), the “pony stable”, the “Doric temple” and the “cave of Merlin the Magician”. Nevertheless, the two most important buildings are the so-called “Margherie” and the “Serre” (greenhouses). The former, created around 1834 on a design by Pelagio Palagi (in collaboration with Carlo Sada), is a romantically-inspired, neo-Gothic complex- almost like a “small castle”- composed of various rooms devoted mainly to hunting, but also including a chapel frescoed by Francesco Gonin. And the “Serre”, with their slender, elegant lines, are one of the most beautiful examples of neo-Gothic art existing in Italy today. During the first half of the XIX century the park was also provided with lawn tennis fields. Queen Elena and her children loved very much spending their time in the garden and there are a lot of photos in the Royal Albums.
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Re: ROYAL RESIDENCES OF THE SAVOY FAMILY
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Re: ROYAL RESIDENCES OF THE SAVOY FAMILY
« Reply #153 on: August 30, 2005, 09:17:14 AM »

The greenhouse made by Carla Sada. It was used in 1925 for Mafalda and Philip von Hessen marriage's banquets.
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« Reply #154 on: August 30, 2005, 09:18:41 AM »

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« Reply #155 on: August 30, 2005, 09:21:24 AM »

Le Margherie, it is a neogotic building made for Carlo Alberto in the top side of the park. It was used as a stable. The right tower houses also the Reposoir of the Queen Maria Teresa.
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« Reply #156 on: August 31, 2005, 06:12:21 AM »

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Re: ROYAL RESIDENCES OF THE SAVOY FAMILY
« Reply #157 on: August 31, 2005, 06:13:17 AM »
Vittorio Emanuele III, Queen Elena, Jolanda, Mafalda and Umberto (II) near the greenhouse.
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Re: ROYAL RESIDENCES OF THE SAVOY FAMILY
« Reply #158 on: August 31, 2005, 06:14:01 AM »

The arriving of the Czar in 1909, Queen Elena kissed Nicholas II in the forehead according to a russian tradition.

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« Reply #159 on: August 31, 2005, 06:14:45 AM »
The Czar arrived at Racconigi station and then he and the king went to the castle. The crowd was very happy but there were some who did not like the Czar becouse of His absolute power




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« Reply #160 on: August 31, 2005, 06:15:48 AM »

Mafalda and Philip von Hessen's wedding photo with the family

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« Reply #161 on: August 31, 2005, 06:16:11 AM »

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« Reply #162 on: August 31, 2005, 06:16:47 AM »


Another photo of Mafalda's marriage. It was taken in the south façade when Mafalda, Philip and their families saluted the crowd

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Re: ROYAL RESIDENCES OF THE SAVOY FAMILY
« Reply #163 on: August 31, 2005, 06:18:07 AM »

The garden staircase today

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Re: ROYAL RESIDENCES OF THE SAVOY FAMILY
« Reply #164 on: August 31, 2005, 06:20:39 AM »
Vittorio Emanuele III with his wife and the Battenbergs  in Racconigi Park, behinf them you can see a little neogotic building used as a gate

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