Concordia temple

An important element of the fashion for antiquity had been, since the 16th century, the erection of round temples in parks, just as in Tivoli near Rome the round Temple of Sibilla in its picturesque rural setting had been an ideal form for the cultured humanists and was taken as a model that was much imitated.

ConcordiatempelIn the 18th century, round temples symbolised harmony and completeness, and they were given a variety of "philosophical" names in the new romantic gardens of the Enlightenment. The Freemasons too took the round temple as a symbol of the desired perfection of man.

In the monarchy that was threatened by the French Revolution, the Concordia was, however, also a political solution, and thus this marvellous Corinthian round temple, constructed in 1795 by Cavaliere Giuseppe Alessandro Moretti (architect) and M. Köhler (responsible for the stucco), was dedicated to harmony among peoples.