Palazzo Braschi - Seat of Museo di Roma (Museum of Rome)

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This was the last palace in Rome erected for the papal family, and is one of the most imposing constructions of the pontifical Rome. Palazzo Braschi was built by C.Morelli for the duke Luigi Braschi-Onesti, nephew of Pius VI, on the site of Palazzo Orsini, which was built by Francesco Orsini in the beginning of the 15th century.

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A magnificent great staircase is work of G.Valadier (1802-1804), who used 18 columns of red granite from Ospedale di S.Spirito and probably originally taken from Villa di Agrippina which was located on the site of hospital in the 1st century AD. The staircase is a jewel of the palace and is decorated by the statues and fine stuccoes, by L.Acquisti, inspired by Iliad. The were probably proposed by Vincenzo Monti, translator of the Homer's poem, who lived in palace as a secretary to duke. Should also be noted a very elegant courtyard of the palace. Inside there are numerous halls and rooms now adapted for the Museo di Roma.

The building has a trapezoid shape with rounded off corners. The main façade overlooks Piazza San Pantaleo, here two onion marble columns flank the door decorated with the coat of arms of the Braschi family and support a balcony that goes to the two adjacent sides. At the rounded off corner towards north-west is the famous talking statue of Pasquino. The rectangular shape of the courtyard recalls the palace of Caserta by Vanvitelli. The atrium on Via di San Pantaleo leads to the majestic staircase decorated with ancient statues, only remains of the precious lost collection.
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Palazzo Braschi had a turbulent history due to the epoch marked with the Jacobine Republic and Napoleon's domination. The major hall of the palace have seen different events and organizations. Finally it became a residence of Council of Ministers and a Ministry of Home Affairs in 1871-1920. Then, the palace was transformed in the center of fascist activities till 1943. But in the end was found a right use for it as the seat of Museo di Roma.

Palazzo Braschi - Seat of Museo di Roma (Museum of Rome)
Piazza di San Pantaleo, 10 (Piazza Navona)
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Parione (Navona-Campo de' Fiori) (Roma centro)
Palazzo Braschi - Seat of Museo di Roma (Museum of Rome) is Shown By "Map H Zone" As "55"
Bus: 70 - 81 - 87 - 116 - 116T - 186 - 492 - 628 - 204 (fest)
Hours and Entrance: Plazzo Braschi is open with the same hours of the Museum of Rome. The Palazzo can be seen only by purchasing the ticket of the museum.

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