Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Barons' Hall, Castel Nuovo, Naples, Italy
Up a long staircase in the courtyard of the Castel Nuovo in Naples, the Barons' Hall is a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture - in southern Italy.With a massive groin vault, the ceiling is unique in that its keystone is actually open in the middle with a small skylight. I have seen many Gothic vaults in the world, but never have seen this.The room, now the meeting room for the city council of Naples, is now largely unadorned; perhaps originally large tapestries or frescoes covered the walls.Civic architecture can make the difference between having a boring city, and a city that truly inspires its residents and visitors.
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