Villa Viscaya — Tour in Miami
Villa Vizcaya is a beautiful mansion located in Miami on the shores of Biscayne Bay. This fabulously beautiful building is one of the most important attractions of the city. Hundreds of thousands of people come to admire the building annually.
Visit the magnificent Vizcaya Villa in Miami, a Mediterranean Renaissance palace museum.
History of Villa Vizcaya
Villa Vizcaya will amaze anyone with the peculiar architecture of the Renaissance, as well as numerous art objects dated from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries.
Currently, the building has turned from a simple suburban mansion into the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the exposition of which is replete with art objects, samples of antique furniture and everything that made up the image of a wealthy industrialist of the early twentieth century.
Villa Vizcaya begins its history in 1916, when its construction, begun at the request of James Deering, a well-known industrialist in those days, was completed. For construction, a site was chosen on the shores of Biscayne Bay. The place was surprisingly successful: a magnificent view opens from its territory, and the estate itself is hidden behind picturesque coconut groves.
Creating a building in the style of the Mediterranean Renaissance, the architects created around it and the corresponding landscape. The building is surrounded by 50 acres of European-style gardens, where elegant arbors are adjacent to elegant sculptures along neat paths. A variety of pools and quiet canals that extend to the very shoreline add solemnity.
The result of the work of the builders of Villa Vizcaya was a 34-room luxury mansion, which is now considered its duty to visit the most famous people on the planet.
Villa Vizcaya guests and museum collection
Villa Vizcaya was purchased by the authorities from the heirs of an industrialist from Chicago in 1952, they completely restored the building and created a museum from it. It often hosts weddings and hosts senior officials.
So, among the guests who have been here, are included the presidents of the United States, R. Reagan and B. Clinton, the first persons in Spain, King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, Pope John Paul II and Queen Elizabeth of England. It even hosted the country's first presidential summit, held in 1994.
James Deering filled his mansion with furniture and luxury items that he acquired during his working trips to Europe. Thanks to this, Villa Viscaya was replenished with furniture items of the 19th century, art paintings, tapestries by famous artists and a number of decorative and applied items created in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Now this collection is an important part of the museum’s exposition, working in the villa. The villa contains famous paintings, sculptures. However, in addition to samples of antiquity, here you can see technological finds of that time - a telephone exchange, fire extinguishers, a telescope.
However, not only the interior of the building is worthy of attention. To the south of it are picturesque gardens with fountains. The landscape design of the garden was created based on the basic principles of Italian garden art.
Beauty and luxury by the sea
All guests who have ever visited the territory of the mansion have an unforgettable feeling of touching the beautiful. And unhurried walks along the paths of the park past thickets of orchids and other no less exotic plants fill with indelible impressions.
The Museum of Villa Viscaya, built by the will of industrialist James Deering, has become a vivid example of modern architecture, styled in antiquity.
|Tour duration||2-3 hours|
|Address||3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida 33129|
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