Visit the magnificent Villa of Vizcaya in Miami - the palace-museum in the style of the Mediterranean Renaissance.
Villa Vizcaya in Miami will amaze anyone with the peculiar architecture of the Renaissance, as well as numerous objects of art dating from the sixteenth to nineteenth century.
Villa Vizcaya is a beautiful mansion located in Miami on the shores of Biscayne Bay. This fabulous building is one of the most important sights of the city. Hundreds of thousands of people come to admire the building every year.
Currently, the villa has evolved from a simple country house into the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the exhibition of which is replete with objects of art, samples of antique furniture and everything that made up the image of a wealthy industrialist of the early twentieth century.
History of construction
Villa Vizcaya begins its history in 1916, when its construction, begun at the request of James Deering, a well-known industrialist, was completed. For the construction site was chosen on the shores of Biscayne Bay. The place turned out to be surprisingly successful: a magnificent view opens from its territory, while 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 gardens, arranged in a European way, where elegant gazebos adjoin elegant sculptures along neat paths. Solemnity adds a variety of pools and quiet canals, reaching to the coastline.
The result of the work of the builders of Villa Vizcaya Miami was a 34-room luxury mansion, which is now considered their duty to visit the most famous people on the planet.
The Villa Vizcaya in Miami was bought by the authorities from the heirs of an industrialist from Chicago in 1952, they completely restored the building and created a museum out of it. Weddings often take place here and receive high-ranking officials.
So among the guests who visited here are the presidents of the United States R. Reagan and B. Clinton, the first persons of Spain, King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, Pope John Paul II and the English Queen Elizabeth. It even hosted the country's first presidential summit, held in 1994.
James Deering filled the Vizcaya mansion with furniture and luxury items he acquired during his working trips to Europe. Due to this, Villa Vizcaya was replenished with furniture items of the 19th century, art canvases, tapestries of famous masters and a number of decorative and applied things created in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Now this collection is the most important part of the exposition of the museum operating in the villa. The villa contains famous paintings and sculptures. However, in addition to samples of antiquity, here you can see the technological findings of the 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. Landscape garden design 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 the thickets of orchids and other equally exotic plants fill with indelible impressions.
This unique structure was built specifically for the Deering family at the beginning of the twentieth century and is located in a luxurious location - in the Biscayne Bay area.
The Villa Vizcaya Museum in Miami, built at the behest of the industrialist James Deering, has become a vivid example of modern, stylized architecture.
|Duration of the tour||3-4 hours|
|Address||3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida 33129|
|Hours of operation||Vizcaya is open every day from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Closed Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.|