Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne, Rome

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The Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne is a Renaissance palace in Rome, Italy. The palace was designed by Baldassarre Peruzzi in 1532-1536 on a site of three contiguous palaces owned by the old Roman Massimo family and built after arson destroyed the earlier structures during the Sack of Rome (1527). In addition the curved façade was dictated by foundations built upon the stands for the stadium (odeon) of the emperor Domitian. It fronts the now-busy Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, a few hundred yards from the front of the church of Sant'Andrea della Valle.The entrance is characterized by a central portico with six Doric columns, paired and single. Inside there are two courtyards, of which the first one has a portico with Doric columns as a basement for a rich loggia, which is also made of Doric columns. The column decorations gave the name to the palace, alle Colonne. The façade is renowned as one of the most masterful of its time, combining both elegance with stern rustication. The recessed entrance portico differs from typical palazzo models such as exemplified by the Florentine Palazzo Medici. In addition, there is a variation of size of windows for different levels, and the decorative frames of the windows of the third floor. Unlike the Palazzo Medici, there is no academic adherence to superimposition of orders, depending on the floor. On the opposite façade of this palace, opening onto the Piazzetta dei Massimo, the palace connects with the frescoed façade of the conjoined annex, the Palazzetto Massimi (or Palazzetto Istoriato). For many centuries, this used to be the central post office of Rome, a Massimo family perquisite. To the left of the palace is the Palazzo di Pirro, built by a pupil of Antonio da Sangallo.
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  • The terrible rating not surely goes to the Palace because they failed to check them out: since the March 16 is the only opening day I showed up this year to line up, but from 10:30 to 11:30 are not advanced by one centimeter because inexplicably at Palace let only nobles and priests. To my grievances and someone else, no one gave us clear answers, until I decided to abandon the line and make more useful. Feel free to bring anyone in a private home, but not the calls ' Open House '
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  • We noticed this building during our walk through the streets of the city. We had no idea what it was, did not go inside, but only had a look from the street. Looks quite imposing and the architecture ...  more »
  • Renaissance palace is the masterpiece of the architect Baldassarre Peruzzi. The façade of the 16th-century palace is curved and arched, helping to make it more majestic and imposing. To see.
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  • This private palazzo contains a church, declared to be one and not a chapel by papal decree in 1839. It's dedicated to St Philip Neri, and is open to the public on only one day a year -on 16 March. Allegedly the saint had a brief conversation with a dead son of the family, whose body had been laid out in this room on this date in 1583.
  • Another impressive sight in Rome.
  • Charming historic building, largely due to its history, pity that the Palace is open to visitors every March 16 and only for a few hours. Worth a visit on the back side of the square where you can admire the Palazzo Massimo Stained
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  • I came here a bit abruptly, that he does not have enough travel budgets were all so sorry-I. Be sure to visit the Museum. This incredible collection, which are carefully displayed, radiates light. These are the most exciting collection I've ever visited. Not open to children here, thank God. These collections are Roman rather than today's Rome, tells a story about the Roman Empire. From the whole to the detail is stunning.
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  • Beautiful neighborhood! 👍
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