Loggia della Mercanzia

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r0landbrunner
Zurich, Switzerland1,647 contributions
members only
Jun 2021
the beautiful Loggia della Mercanzia with its long history is fenced off towards the street and serves as a private club... It can be admired therefore only from the road, and entered onyl by the (male) members of the high snobiety club.
Written June 22, 2021
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,527 contributions
Very impressive
Jan 2020
The elegant and very beautiful Loggia della Mercanzia, known also as Loggia di San Paolo or Loggia Dei Nobili, is typical palace of Sienese architecture in its transition from Medieval to Renaissance. It served as an early trading venue in the city. The Loggia della Mercanzia is directly behind Piazza del Campo, at a point known as the Croce del Travaglio junction of the three main streets around which Siena is developed, Banchi di Sopra, Banchi di Sotto (a branch of the old Via Francigena that ran through the city) and Via di Città. Designed by Sano di Matteo and Pietro del Minella between 1417 and 1428, the Gothic-Renaissance Loggia della Mercanzia is composed of a spacious loggia with three arches supported above richly decorated pillars. The statues on the pillars are of St. Peter, St. Paul by the sculptor Vecchietta and the three patron saints of Siena, Saint Savino, St.Ansano and St.Vittore by Ferdinando Fuga. A tabernacle was added in the 17th century supported by columns. The vaults of the building have stuccos and frescoes that have been extensively restored in the 19th century. Notable among them is one by the Pastorino of Pastorini and another by Lorenzo Rustici. Extremely beautiful and interesting palace.
Written March 26, 2020
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Sara H
Melbourne, Australia680 contributions
No entry
Sep 2019 • Family
The Loggia of Merchants is similar to the three main loggias of Florence with one exception: you can’t enter here to admire the ceiling frescoes. We happened upon this by chance, and while the engravings and structure of the loggia itself is superior to that of the one in Piazza della Signoria, the artwork just doesn’t compare.
Written November 6, 2019
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westy54
Sydney, Australia6,776 contributions
15th century covered gallery where the merchants and money lenders used to conduct their business.
Jun 2019
The Loggia is located at the junction of three of Siena's largest streets being the Banci di Sopra, the Banchi di Sotto (which was also a branch of the important Via Francigena that used to run through the city) and the Via di Citta. Most tourists entering the city would walk past it at least on one occasion. It was built in the first half of the 15th century with the upper floor being added in the 17th century. The Loggia was built onto the back of the Merchant's building which fronted onto Il Campo.

The structure itself has a rectangular covered gallery that is open on three sides with an upper, enclosed section sitting on top of the whole gallery. The front facade is characterised by three arches on ornately decorated pillars. There is one arch on either of the two shorter sides.The frescoed ceilings are vaulted. There are five statues, dating from the second half of the 15th century, on three of the pillasrs representing St Paul, St Peter and three local Patron Saints of the city of Siena.

The vaulted ceilings and some of the rest of the Loggia were redecorated in the 19th century.

The Loggia is permanently bloccked off by a high metal fence so unfortunately you are only able to view the frescoed ceilings from the street.
Written September 13, 2019
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Steve N
Lodi, California, United States116 contributions
Impressive
Oct 2018 • Couples
An interesting part of your walking tour. We used Rick Steves' walking tour in his book and downloaded the free audioguide from his app.
Written October 11, 2018
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Taxidevil
Glasgow, UK2,982 contributions
Street View
Jun 2018 • Couples
A Loggia is a upmarket medieval porch. Unlike the loggia in Florence you cannot enter here and sit and the decorations and ceiling can only be viewed from the street. In my opinion it is not worth going out of your way to see this.
Written June 27, 2018
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Ron S
New York City, NY4,879 contributions
Loggia della Mercanzia
Apr 2017 • Couples
The Loggia della Mercanzia (Loggia of Merchants) built in 1438 (approx) was a place for social gatherings in the medieval times. It's fenced, no entry, viewing of decorations can be done from the street only.
Written June 6, 2017
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RiverbendTX
Blanco, TX367 contributions
Club House of the Local of the Local Elites
Apr 2017
"Gli Uniti" is above the door - Let's Stick together!! a Men's Club - so no entrance only a View!! The Gothic-Renaissance Loggia was built about 1420 on (adjacent to one of the entrances of IL Campo)
Written May 16, 2017
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Fellowtraveller00
Tasmania, Australia521 contributions
Well decorated
Jan 2017 • Couples
The loggia was used by merchants to conduct business from the 15th century. It has a nicely decorated ceiling but access to the loggia is now barred by a fence but all details are easily visible from the street.
Written May 11, 2017
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Chris F
Ipswich, Australia3,820 contributions
Nicely decorated
Jan 2017 • Couples
This loggia which dates from the 15th century has a richly decorated ceiling and is situated very close to the Piazza del Campo on the Via di Citi. In the renaissance period it was the place where merchants met. You can't enter the loggia as it has a fence stopping entry but the details within can be easily seen from the street.
Written March 4, 2017
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