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Palazzina Cinese, façade
|Alternative names||Real Casina alla Cinese|
|Status||now used as a museum|
|Client||Ferdinand III of Bourbon|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Giuseppe Venanzio Marvuglia|
The Chinese Palace (Italian: Palazzina Cinese), also known as Real Casina alla Cinese, is a former royal residence of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies designed in the style of Chinoiserie. It is located in Palermo, inside the park of La Favorita. The Ethnographic Museum of Sicily, named after Giuseppe Pitrè, is located in one of the Palace's guesthouse.
The building was designed in 1799 by the architect Giuseppe Venanzio Marvuglia on commission by the King Ferdinand III of Sicily. The ruler had previously bought land and a house that was Chinese in design, belonging to the Baron Benedetto Lombardo and designed by Marvuglia himself. The architectural complex and its garden were completed between 1800 and 1806.
The apartments of the Palace are distributed on three floors. On the first floor there are the reception hall, a dining room and the bedroom of the King. On the second floor there is the apartment of the Queen Maria Carolina of Austria. On the third floor there's an octagonal terrace covered like a pagoda.
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- Parco della Favorita
- Riserva naturale orientata Monte Pellegrino
- Museo Etnografico Siciliano Giuseppe Pitrè
- (in Italian) Image gallery
- (in Italian) History of the palace - Provincia Regionale di Palermo