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PARIS: Open House at the Italian Embassy

The Italian Embassy in Paris, under Ambassador Giandomenico Magliano, held an open house to celebrate European Heritage Days. Nearly 5,000 enthusiastic visitors were able to admire the Hôtel della Rochefaucault-Doudeauville, built between 1732 and 1733 on the grounds of the Convalescent Hospital, which underwent various transformations over the centuries to finally become the Louis XV-style building it remains today.


Harmonious osmosis between 18th century Italian and French


In addition to the Globe Room, the three main rooms (Blue, Yellow and Pink), the Chinese Room and the Ballroom, the Llibrary and Sicilian Theatre were special points of interest, the latter having been transferred from a palace in Palermo and furnished by noted 20th century Venetian architect/interior decorator Adolfo Loewi.


The event, the embassy pointed out, makes the most of Italy and France’s joint endeavour to foreground culture as a factor in unity and development, well represented in the harmonious osmosis between the Italian and French 18th century evoked by the historic rooms of the diplomatic residence.

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