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The apartments of the King.

The apartments of the King.

The apartments of the King.

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The Castle of La Mandria Natural Park.

The Castle
The existence of a village in the wood are is documented since the 18th century, when Victor Amadeus II of Savoy built here the stables of the nearby Royal Palace, within a royal hunting reserve active since the 16th century.

Filippo Juvarra worked at the castle in the 1720s. In 1860 Victor Emmanuel ordered the enlargement of the village (designers included Ernesto Melano), turning it into a castle with a surface of 35,000 m². The new structure had a rectangular shape measuring 280 x 100 m with three internal courtyards divided by rows of trees. The king wanted here a private residence (not belonging to the royal estates) to live with his morganatic wife, Rosa Vercellana. An apartment was built for her family by Domenico Ferri. In 1861 the structure was expanded with the "Castle of the Lakes", a neo-Gothic wing and a fountain of a sea horse fighting a triton by Vincenzo Vela.

All the edifices, similarly to the Palazzo Carignano in Turin, are in brickwork.

In the late 19th century La Mandria and its buildings were sold to the Medici del Vascello family. After World War II, a testing track owned by FIAT, a golf court and a residential center were added. It became a regional estate in 1976.

The Manor Plan

Inside the Manor

The Entrance and the Hall of Carriages.
The Hall of Carriages
The Hall of Dances.
The Hall of Dances

The Bedroom of the King.
The bedroom of the King.
And that of his Lover.
And that of his Lover!

The Biliard Table.
The Biliard Table
The Gallery of Trophies
The Gallery of Trophies

the fountain of the warhorse



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