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Dutch open garden day
Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome garden

The 3rd Friday in June is open garden day for the Dutch, and as such the garden of the Dutch Academy in Rome was open to the public, the only occasion in the year.

KNIR garden
Maria Bostenaru 2016 / CC BY
KNIR garden
The Dutch Academy in Rome (KNIR) is located at Valle Giulia, where in 1911 an international exhibition took place. The 1911 exhibition took place in more cities in Italy, with Rome focusing on art and architecture. Out of the pavilions on the British remained, but later on it was decided to keep the international character and make it a place for foreign academies. On the 7th of May, on occasion of Open House Roma, several academies such as the Egyptian, the Danish, the Romanian opened for visitors with guided tours. The reporter did the tour for the Romanian Academy in Rome. The Romanian and the Dutch Academy were the first to be built, and their buildings were finished in 1933. At that time it was required that the architectural style suits that of the remaining buildings from the exhibition, including the National Art Gallery. For this reason consulting, and, in case of the Dutch academy, collaboration of an Italian architect was done. The open garden day included a presentation on the history and the connection to the gardens of Amsterdam, and then a guided tour in the garden. The garden features a Nympheum to connect with the neighbouring villa Giulia, and a secret garden, and several remarkable plants. The colours of the flag are reflected by the plants in the front.

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20. Jun 2016
Reported by Maria BOSTENARU DAN


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