Gazebo in Villa Bellini, Catania
Copyright - All right reserved to Ciao Anita!
Casina delle Civette in Villa Torlonia

Photo by Stefano Scarselli

Once upon a time an imaginative and melancholy Prince …

"Wisdom and loneliness" was his witticism, carved in stone above the door. Black bats of molding flying around painted the sky blue of his room, enlightened by a chandelier decorated with wrought iron owls. The owl,distressing bird, symbol of clairvoyance, was his favorite picture, multiplied with obsessive insistence in every corner of the house.

"The little house of owls" was therefore called the eccentric Roman residence of Prince Giovanni Torlonia, surprising fusion of eclectic architecture and decoration, built between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the heart of the Park family, on the Via Nomentana, beside the Casino Nobile, a large villa neoclassical where he lived Mussolini. Occupied by the’44 to’47 by Allied Command and damaged by soldiers, returned to owners in’48 but not restored, purchased in’78 by the City of Rome, which opened the park to the public, however, forgot to ensure the surveillance of buildings, looted then by thieves and vandals (and curious in hunt for souvenirs), and finally in the summer of’91, was devastated by fire, and the “ the little house of owls” - reduced to a desolate skeleton, has been reopened for public after a long and costly restoration funded by the City … Well…..A fairytale with a happy ending :-)
St.Peter by Bruce Stribling

Place de la Concorde - Paris by rinogas on Flickr.

Gargola en Notre Dame. Notre Dame gargoyle. by J. A. Alcaide on Flickr.

theme credit