areIn the heart of Tuscia Laziale, lies an enchanted and surreal place that defies logic and captures the imagination of those who dare to cross its boundaries. The Park of the Monsters of Bomarzo, also known as the Sacred Wood, is a unique masterpiece, a forest where imagination and fears take shape, turning into extraordinary stone sculptures.
Table of contents:
- The birth of the monster park
- Imagination and primordial chaos discovered in 1911
- The creatures of the park
- The legacy of the Bomarzo Park
The Roots of the Mystery of Bomarzo
The history of this enigmatic place began in 1552, when the Italian nobleman Pier Francesco Orsinialso known as Vicino Orsini, commissioned the architect Pirro Ligorio to transforming his Bomarzo estate into something extraordinary. He wanted to create a place where art, philosophy and emotional expression merged into a unique experience. He wanted to push visitors on an 'initiatory path', a journey face to face with the most hidden self and one's fears. The motivation behind the creation of this unusual garden seems to have been the his personal response to the grief caused by the death of his wifeGiulia Farnese.
Imagination and Chaos
The Monster Park of Bomarzo is one of the many fascinating places of the Tuscia territory. It is populated by mythological creatures, mysterious figures and fantastic animalsall carved in stone with craftsmanship. The statues, arranged in a seemingly random manner, offer a surprising spectacle to anyone who ventures among the park's ancient trees. Everything seems to represent primordial chaos, connected to the human soul in times of difficulty or mental instability. The phrase carved on one of the two sphinxes at the entrance is a invitation to those who venture there. “You, who enter here, put your mind from side to side, and then tell me if so many marvels are made by deception or also by art“.
Extravagant Creatures and Constructions
In the heart of the forest stands theOrca large stone face with its mouth wide open, on whose lips is written 'Every thought flies'. It is a chamber excavated in tuff which is accessed by means of some steps. The internal shape of the room means that voices and sounds bounce off the walls creating an echo with a frightening effect. And again the majestic Hercules and Cacustwo giants fighting each other, the Turtle with a human head, the Fury with a dragon's tail and wings. There are also fascinating constructions, such as the Organ Fountaina unique structure that emits harmonic sounds when water flows through it. Finally, the famous Leaning House that fascinated Salvador Dali during one of his visits to the park.
Legacy of the Monster Park
After the death of Vicino Orsini in 1584, the Monster Park fell into relative oblivion, shrouded in mystery and the obscurity of its centuries-old trees. It was only in the 20th century that the site has fortunately been revalued thanks to a wave of attention and interest from the public and intellectuals. Famous visits by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Mario Praz and Salvator Dali. It seems that the latter was inspired here for his triptych 'The Temptations of St. Anthony'. Today, the Sacred Wood of Bomarzo is visited by thousands of visitors and continues to influence literary, film and artistic works, making this place a benchmark for human creativity.
The Monster Park of Bomarzo remains a hidden treasure, a place where art, myth and emotional expression come together in a surreal experience. Through its enigmatic sculptures and fascinating history, the park offers aunique opportunity to immerse oneself in a realm of wonder, mystery and introspection. A journey through ancient trees and mythological creatures is an invitation to explore human creativity.