Villa Angarano Bianchi Michiel today
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Location||Bassano del Grappa, Italy|
|Criteria||Cultural: (i), (ii)|
|Inscription||1996 (20th Session)|
The Villa Angarano or Villa Angarano Bianchi Michiel is a villa in Bassano del Grappa, Veneto, northern Italy. It was originally conceived by Andrea Palladio who published a plan in his book I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura.
Work was started on the wings of Palladio's design in the 1540s or 1540s . A decision appears to have been reached to leave a pre-existing house in the middle of the site. The proposed Palladian villa was never built: Palladio's patron may have been obliged to halt the project for financial reasons. However, the central building was eventually rebuilt after a plan by Baldassarre Longhena, which is not Palladian in style.
The original design included areas to serve as cellars, stables, dove-houses, wineries, and other utilitarian spaces. However, not all of these features were actually built.
Although the building as it stands is only partly by Palladio, in 1996 UNESCO included it in the World Heritage Site "City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto".
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