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Temple of the Winds | by Xerones
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Temple of the Winds

Aptly named on a windy promontory on the estate and guarded by the Borghese Gladiator.

 

A fine example of the classical Palladian style popular with English aristocrats returning from the "Grand Tour" and wishing to re-create a somewhat idealised vision of the classical Mediterranean world.

 

"Palladian" is the only arcitectural style named after an individual, Andrea Palladio (1508–80), and based on his detailed study of classical Roman architecture. Palladio's urban buildings, as well as his villas, scattered throughout the Veneto region of Italy, had a decisive influence on the development of architecture. His work inspired a distinct architectural style named after him, which spread to England and other European countries, and also to North America.

 

Castle Howard is a fine example.

 

One thing the guide books gloss over. In a time when planning permission was less formal than it is now, an entire village was moved and demolished to make room for part of the Castle and estate gardens.

 

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Taken on May 8, 2006