Royal Palace, Naples

The Royal Palace of Naples (Italian: Palazzo Reale di Napoli) is a palace, museum, and historical tourist destination located in central Naples.

It was one of the four residences near Naples used by the House of Bourbon during their rule of the Kingdom of Naples (1735–1816) and later the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (1816-1861). The others were the palaces of Caserta, Capodimonte overlooking Naples, and Portici on the slopes of Vesuvius.

In 1922, it was decided (by the Decree of Minister Antonino Anile) to transfer here the contents of the National Library (until then in the palace of the National Archaeologic Museum). The transfer of library collections was made in 1925.

The library suffered from bombing during World War II and the subsequent military occupation of the building caused serious damage. Today, the palace and adjacent grounds house the famous Teatro San Carlo, the smaller Teatrino di Corte (recently restored), the Biblioteca Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele III, a museum, and offices, including those of the regional tourist board.

Statues of kings of Naples

In 1888, King Umberto I of Savoy made changes to the western façade side of the building (fronting on Piazza del Plebiscito), by displaying in niches a series of statues of prominent rulers of Naples since the foundation of the Kingdom of Naples in the 12th century. The statues are displayed in chronological order, based on the dynasty of each ruler. The series starts with Roger the Norman (sculpted by Emilio Franceschi), and ends with Vittorio Emanuele II, the tallest statue and the last to be added (sculpted by Francesco Jerace).

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  Piazza del Plebiscito, 1, 80132 Napoli NA, Italy
 +39 06 3996 7050
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