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Palazzo Farnese

Listed under Castles & Palaces in Rome, Italy.

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Now housing the French Embassy to Italy, the Palazzo Farnese is a classic piece of Italian High Renaissance architecture, a three storey rectangle arranged around an internal courtyard. Commissioned by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, work was begun on the palace in 1515 but disrupted several times and not finally completed until around 1535 when Michelangelo finished off the decorations of the imposing courtyard and third floor. With its huge crest and detailed cornices the palace dominates the piazza it is sent on. Over the years several rooms were done over in impressive frescos and many pieces of the Farnese family’s great art collections graced the walls and halls at one time or another.

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