Collezione Reggia di Caserta
The Hall of Halberdiers
The Royal Palace of Caserta, with its immense park and aqueducts, was the royal residence of the Bourbon dynasty of the Two Sicilies. It is the largest royal palace in the world and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
Coming from the Salon, this room is the first antechamber of the apartment. It used to be the hall of the halberdiers, the bodyguards who were responsible for the safety of the palace. It is also known as the Hall of Stuccos, due to the rich stucco decorations on the walls and the faux marbles. It was designed by Luigi Vanvitelli and completed by his son Carlo.
Facts & Trivia
The decorations above the doors represent weapons and trophies, while the marble busts of the queens of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies are displayed on the consoles. The room is illuminated by golden bronze chandeliers from the early 19th century, made by Neapolitan craftsmen. The vault is decorated with “The Glory of the Prince and the Twelve Provinces of the Kingdom” by Girolamo Starace Franchis.
Even the floor, made with the encaustic technique, is a faux marble, a characteristic Neapolitan artisanal work. The central decoration on the vault depicts “The Arms of the House of Bourbon Supported by the Virtues“. The busts of the queens are Maria Carolina of Austria, Maria Isabella of Bourbon, Maria Cristina of Savoy, and Maria Sophia of Bavaria.