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Villa Rotunda

Listed under Urban in Vicenza, Italy.

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A stunningly beautiful and impressive structure by Palladio, its intended name is Villa Almerico-Capra. "La Rotunda" was inspired by and resembles the Roman Pantheon, Palladio's design reflecting the humanist values of the Renaissance period. The plan for the Rotunda is completely symmetrical with a temple porch in front and a domed interior. The name Rotunda refers to the villa's circle within a square design. Set on a hilltop, the design was rotated 45 degrees from each cardinal point of the compass in order for each room to have some sun. When Palladio died before its completion, Scamuzzi, handed most of his remaining work, changed the plan to have a lower dome.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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When is La Rotunda open to the public?

I will be in Vicenza the first week in July, 2010. Is La Rotunda open only on Saturdays from 10AM-noon?

This photo is of the dome of the state capitol building in Sacramento, not the Villa Rotunda in Vicenza.

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Thank you for pointing that out! We will correct.

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