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Palazzo Pamphilj, Rome

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Palazzo Pamphilj, also spelled Palazzo Pamphili, is a palace facing onto the Piazza Navona in Rome. It was built between 1644 and 1650.
Since 1920 the palace has housed the Brazilian Embassy in Italy, and in October 1960 it became the property of the Federative Republic of Brazil in a purchase negotiation led by Ambassador Hugo Gouthier de Oliveira Gondim.
In 1644, Cardinal Giambattista Pamphilj of the powerful Pamphilj family, who already owned a palace between the Piazza Navona and the Via Pasquino, became Pope Innocent X. With this election came the desire for a larger more magnificent building to reflect his family’s increased prestige. Further land was bought, the architect Girolamo Rainaldi received the commission and construction began in 1646. The new project was to incorporate some existing buildings, including the former palace of the Pamphilj (whose decoration by Agostino Tassi was partially preserved) and the Palazzo Cibo.
In 1647, the Baroque architect Francesco Borromini was consulted about the design and he made a series of new proposals for the palace. However, the prevailing preference was for Rainaldi’s more staid and conservative design. Borromini’s limited contributions included the stucco decoration of the salone (the main room) and design of the Gallery, located at first floor level between the rest of the palace and the church of St. Agnese next door. The Gallery extends through the width of the block with a large Serliana window at either end.
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  • Beautiful building placed in a unique context, in Piazza Navona. We only saw the exterior facade without entering. Really nice.
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  • The so-called terrace was about 40 m2 and despite fine weather wrapped in foil. They sat much too distained; As a result, the singers were too loud! A bit of Italian finger food in the form of prochiutto and formaggio and a glass of white wine. Afterwards we were allowed to visit the higher terrace. There was a fancy bar there, but no room for us. All in all, not recommended!
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  • It was actually a wonderful, sunny warm evening. Nevertheless, the "terrace" was completely wrapped in plastic and thus rather an overheated conservatory. The singers would have been good, but due to the plastic, the acoustics were very poor and the voices far too loud. We were then led to the "real" terrace, but probably only for advertising purposes, because it was all full and we didn't get a place. The staff were decidedly unkind. Result: Completely overpriced and not recommended.
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  • Splendid Noble Palace that constitutes an admirable frame to the equally splendid Piazza Navona, striking among the other buildings more "popular" for its architectural and decorative sophistication. Unfortunately, hosting the Embassy of Brazil, is not open inside, except rare exceptions, so you can only admire it from the outside! To see walking in this beautiful corner of Rome! @gargio76
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  • Palace full of artistic treasures, wonderful frescoes. It is home to the Brazilian embassy but you can visit through tourist agencies.
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  • It is the best known private gallery in Rome. It contains works by artists such as Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Velázquez or Bernini. Hours from 9:00 - 19:00, last entry at 18:00. The entrance 12o.
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  • If you are Brazilian is going to Rome, I strongly recommend to schedule a visit to the Palazzo Pamphili where the Brazilian embassy is located. The guided tour will surprise you. The place is beautiful. The schedule is made by the site.
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  • The palace is now the seat of the Brazilian embassy and can be visited in part by reservation. The halls are very interesting and frescoed by important artists.
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