Palazzo Caffarelli

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Charles V in occasion of his visit to Rome in 1536 gave to the Caffarelli an exclusive right to build a private residence on the Capitoline Hill. Thus, Palazzo Caffarelli was built in 1584, many times demolished and rearranged, and in 1854 passed to the Prussia and became a symbolic residence of German emperor on the Capitoline hill. After the WWI the palace was acquired by the Commune of Rome and settled here the seat of historical and artistic collections called Museo Nuovo.

Palazzo Caffarelli, Piazza del Campidoglio
Under the demolished part of the old Palazzo Caffarelli, was discovered in 1919 a part of the ancient pit of the Temple of Jupiter (now in the Musei Capitolini), which was 62m x 53m, and 4m high. It was the greatest temple in Rome symbolizing the power of the city. According to tradition, it was founded by Tarquinius Priscus, completed by Tarquinius Superbus, and dedicated in 509 b.C., the first year of Republic. It was destroyed several time by fire and wars, and rebuilt always with greater splendor till the 6th century.

In the XIXth century Palazzo Caffarelli became the German Embassy and it was adapted to its new function. It was confiscated at the end of World War I and again modified in order to enlarge Musei Capitolini (Capitoline Museums). Today Palazzo Caffarelli is dedicated to temporary exhibitions. The Palazzo Caffarelli-Clementino holds the numismatic collection, known as the Medagliere Capitolino. On display are many rare coins, medals, gems and jewels, as well as an area dedicated to temporary exhibitions.

Palazzo Caffarelli
Piazza del Campidoglio
00186 , Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Campitelli (Foro Romano- Campidoglio-P.Venezia) (Roma centro)
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