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The Embassy


The Embassy

Embassy headquarters

Since 1989, the Embassy of Italy in New Delhi is situated in Chanakyapuri, the so-called "Diplomatic Enclave"- a green, wide area, where most of the Foreign Missions are situated, after being allotted the land by the Indian Government on a perpetual lease basis for a symbolic rent.

Previously, till the Sixties, the Chancery and the Ambassador's Residence were located in a mansion owned by Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru. During the Seventies the Chancery was shifted to a villa at Golf Links, a well-known, old residential area.

The present Italian Embassy Compound - hosting, other than the Chancery, also the Ambassador's Residence, the Office of the Defense Attaché, the Cultural Centre and flats of some of the Embassy personnel - covers an area of about 4 hectares of land, a large part of which has been left as green area. Its gardens boast a large number of plants. Amongst them are olive trees, directly brought from Italy many years ago and still surprisingly healthy, though they usually grow only in mild, Mediterranean climatic conditions.

Both the present Chancery and Residence have been designed by Italian architects and are constructed in a modern style, yet keeping in mind certain aspects of the South-Asian housing tradition and climate. In the use of construction material, for instance, the architects have taken inspiration from the criteria most popular in South Asia. They have made abundant use of local red sandstone, which has been widely used in India since ages. Verandahs and balconies, most welcome in South-Asian architecture since they fully exploit air circulation, embellish the Ambassador's Residence.