Â Â Â Â Ranked as the number one attraction in Malibu, The Getty Villa has a history that dates back to the 1stÂ Century.Â When oil investor J. Paul Getty first began collecting antiquity, he soon realized that his original gallery adjacent to his home in Pacific Palisades was rapidly filling up.Â It is at this time that Getty consulted architect Stephen Garrett in 1968 stating, â€œI want to recreate The Villa de Papyriâ€.Â The Villa de Papyri was first discovered in the 18thCentury buried under layers of hardened volcanic debris from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.Â In its prime, The Villa de Papyri itself was a private house in the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum and served as the residence of Julius Caesarâ€™s father-in-law.
Â Â Â Â With months of intense research, Stephen Garrett was able to get his hands on a descriptive map drawn by the original engineer in charge of excavations, which later served as ground plans for The Getty Villa.Â The large country house envisioned by J. Paul Getty is said to be â€œhis most prized possessionâ€, although Getty himself never had the chance to visit his newly constructed museum.Â Opened in 1974, Gettyâ€™s passing two years later left The Getty Villa to the Getty Trust, which then constructed The Getty Museum in 1997.Â Still home to a rare collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities, The Getty Villa is open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm every day of the week, excluding Tuesdays.
Â Written by Cody A. Garcia
RE/MAX ELITE in Malibu Staff
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