Broletto

Broletto, Brescia

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Jul 2019
The Broletto palace, the medieval seat of the reigning lords over the city, today houses the headquarters of the Provincial Administration, the Prefecture of Brescia and some offices of the Municipality of Brescia, is located between Mazzini and Paolo VI Square in Brescia. The origin of the name derives from the fact that the land on which the building is now built was originally a garden-garden, called "brolo", from which the word "Broletto" then came. designed the oldest public building in Brescia. the complex of buildings that includes the building is divided into two courts, one vast and a little smaller, more recent. The first information of a directional and administrative settlement in the area dates back to the end of the 12th century. Between 1223 and 1227 the building was rebuilt in stone and larger, incorporating some buildings such as the Poncarali tower, whose embossed base is still visible today on the present Via Querini. It is the "Palatium Novum Maius", seat of the podestà and of the general council: today it is the south wing of the complex, with a façade facing west, on the square. Also facing the square is the original Loggia delle Grida, organized in this period. The great Council hall was decorated, as usual, with various frescoes now partially preserved in the attic. The west side, on the square, is included in a new wing, the "Palatium Novum Minus", with Gothic portico with pointed arches, while the north side is closed with a wall. Between 1295 and 1298 Berardo Maggi, bishop of Brescia and first lord of the city, elevated the west wing along the square to create a new hall and expand the complex to the north, up to the current Via Musei, demolishing the monastery of Santi Cosma e Damiano and the church of Sant'Agostino, later rebuilt in the fifteenth century with a gothic façade. During the Visconti domination of the fourteenth century there were further restorations, while in the fifteenth century Pandolfo III Malatesta had the portico built with cross vaults, today in the northern court. In 1414 Gentile da Fabriano was called to decorate the palatine chapel of San Giorgio: his work was unfortunately canceled in the 17th century, but some changes were found in an attic in the 1980s. During 1626 the Podestà Andrea Da Lezze divided the central square into two with the insertion of a transverse portico with seven arches surmounted by a loggia. Instead, from 1803, the helicoidal staircase in neoclassical style under the entrance to the north portico, by Leopoldo Pollack. The last significant intervention took place in 1902, when the Loggia delle Grida was completely rebuilt, demolished by the revolutionaries in the mid-nineteenth century as a symbol of power.

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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy25,465 contributions
Feb 2020
Beatiful ancient palace, the oldest of the city, famous the balcony from where the medieval city officials spoke to the townsfolk. The tower , called in Lombard " Tor del Pegol "
Written March 18, 2020
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PaulB
Maastricht, The Netherlands2,284 contributions
Jul 2019
The Broletto palace, the medieval seat of the reigning lords over the city, today houses the headquarters of the Provincial Administration, the Prefecture of Brescia and some offices of the Municipality of Brescia, is located between Mazzini and Paolo VI Square in Brescia.
The origin of the name derives from the fact that the land on which the building is now built was originally a garden-garden, called "brolo", from which the word "Broletto" then came. designed the oldest public building in Brescia.
the complex of buildings that includes the building is divided into two courts, one vast and a little smaller, more recent.
The first information of a directional and administrative settlement in the area dates back to the end of the 12th century.
Between 1223 and 1227 the building was rebuilt in stone and larger, incorporating some buildings such as the Poncarali tower, whose embossed base is still visible today on the present Via Querini.
It is the "Palatium Novum Maius", seat of the podestà and of the general council: today it is the south wing of the complex, with a façade facing west, on the square. Also facing the square is the original Loggia delle Grida, organized in this period.
The great Council hall was decorated, as usual, with various frescoes now partially preserved in the attic.
The west side, on the square, is included in a new wing, the "Palatium Novum Minus", with Gothic portico with pointed arches, while the north side is closed with a wall.
Between 1295 and 1298 Berardo Maggi, bishop of Brescia and first lord of the city, elevated the west wing along the square to create a new hall and expand the complex to the north, up to the current Via Musei, demolishing the monastery of Santi Cosma e Damiano and the church of Sant'Agostino, later rebuilt in the fifteenth century with a gothic façade. During the Visconti domination of the fourteenth century there were further restorations, while in the fifteenth century Pandolfo III Malatesta had the portico built with cross vaults, today in the northern court. In 1414 Gentile da Fabriano was called to decorate the palatine chapel of San Giorgio: his work was unfortunately canceled in the 17th century, but some changes were found in an attic in the 1980s.
During 1626 the Podestà Andrea Da Lezze divided the central square into two with the insertion of a transverse portico with seven arches surmounted by a loggia. Instead, from 1803, the helicoidal staircase in neoclassical style under the entrance to the north portico, by Leopoldo Pollack. The last significant intervention took place in 1902, when the Loggia delle Grida was completely rebuilt, demolished by the revolutionaries in the mid-nineteenth century as a symbol of power.
Written September 22, 2019
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wherewego.cityhideout
Zagreb, Croatia1,540 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
Beautiful Tower next to the chatedral, once was served as the town hall. When you go to the centre it can't be missed.
Written September 16, 2019
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Thomas Ozbun
Vicenza, Italy982 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
Broletto, the historic term for town hall in the region of Lombardy, which housed for centuries and still does now the civic government office of the city. The building dates to the 13th century, made of stone in the Romanesque tower, it also features a tower(54m), the courtyard though was later modified so parts of it date to other centuries such as its northern side which has a baroque loggia.
Written January 15, 2019
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David T
Christchurch, New Zealand2,263 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
Right in the square with the two main churches.

In excellent condition but can only be viewed from the outside.
Written June 11, 2018
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545medva
Budapest, Hungary3,972 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
On the Piazza Paolo VI, just at the New cathedral is this 54 meter high tower. If you walk into the courtyard you will find 15.th century walls and statues. Excellent view!
Written November 7, 2017
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Emanuel S
Brasov, Romania248 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
Unfortunately, as it is the headquarters of the province of Brescia, the tower can`t be visited from inside.
Written June 8, 2017
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Daniela V
Cervo, Italia1,717 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
The Broletto is one of the oldest samples of civic architecture in Italy (12th-13th c.). The tower attached to is is called Tower of Pegol and is topped with Ghibelline battlements. Next to the Broletto stand the double cathedral, another wonderful sight.
Written September 20, 2016
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Federica
Brescia, Italy16 contributions
May 2012
located in brescia's main square, broletto is the symbol of the democratic-political power since the middle age. it's halfway between romanic and gothic style, a typical stilistic italian mixture. I think it's an intresting, very well-made palace, but to an unskilled eye it may seems rather insignificant besides the huge, stunning "new cathedral" and the early-medioeval "old cathedral".
Written May 13, 2012
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