Palazzo dei Tribunali (Palace of Tribunals) Now Hotel St. George Roma

"Palazzo dei Tribunali (Palace of Tribunals) Now Hotel St. George Roma" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Wednesday 1st June 2011

Via Giulia, an evocative XVIth century street great street desired by Pope Giulio II, who gave it its name. It was born from the dream of Pope Julius II and from Bramante's genius who, in 1508, begins his project for the magnificent "Palazzo dei Tribunali" an imposing courthouse that are only the remnents of a few stone seats, called the famous “sofas” of Via Giulia remains unfinished after its creator's death: what remains of this ancient palazzo is now the St. George Roma. The uncompleted ground floor walls of the palace which are known as "the sofas of Via Giulia"
the sofas of Via Giulia
Image source: http://www.romeartlover.it/Vasi71.htm

On the site of contemporary buildings should stand Palazzo dei Tribunali (Palace of Justice), foreseen by Julius II and projected by Bramante. it should have been the construction of extreme majesty and huge impression power, which would occupy the space now taken by two palaces and would face a big square. From the backwards the Palazzo dei Tribunali had to reach the river-side. But the works over this project were interrupted with the death of Julius II, till now remained only some parts of the basement. The project was abandoned (eventually the tribunals were moved to Palazzo di Montecitorio); the bugnato walls which were designed to convey a feeling of strength and majesty became "the sofas of Via Giulia".

Part of the site of imaginary Palazzo dei Tribunali is occupied now by the church Chiesa di S.Biagio della Pagnotta (pictured below), reconstructed in 18th century, but of a very old origin. It is now in use of Armenian priests.
church Chiesa di S.Biagio della Pagnotta, Via Giulia, rome
The fantastic memory of an imperial idea: blocks of rough travertine marble resembling sofas, the name attributed to them by the Roman population. The sofas of Via Giulia bear testimony to the project that Bramante was to complete under commission from the Pontiff Julius II. He was to have erected the Palace of Tribunals in an area corresponding to that hosting the Church of San Biagio della Pagnotta, restructuring the same to make it part of the new complex. None of this actually happened and work was interrupted in 1511.

Today, over 500 years later, this Palazzo dei Tribunali (Palace of Justice/ Tribunals) has returned to life, having been converted into a hotel in a project undertaken by the architect Lorenzo Bellini who is responsible for the hotel’s interior design, while work was overseen by the engineer Nello Nardini. And thus a new hotel enters onto the capital’s luxury hospitality stage. It has all the key qualities – design, comfort, a historic location and a strategic position close to the city’s most important monuments, its most renowned restaurants and it most fashionable nightspots – making it the ideal base from which to set out in discovery of the marvels of the eternal city and perfect for both business and leisure travellers. Tradition and innovation also combine in the Hotel Restaurant “I Sofà di Via Giulia”.
Hotel St. George Roma, Former Palazzo dei Tribunali (Palace of Tribunals)

Address:
Palazzo dei Tribunali (Palace of Tribunals) Now Hotel St. George Roma
Piazza dei Tribunali, Via Giulia, 62
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Ponte (Via Coronari-Ponte Vittorio) (Roma centro)/ Rione Prati (Roma centro)
Palazzo dei Tribunali (Palace of Tribunals) Now Hotel St. George Roma is Shown By "Map G Zone" As "29"
Getting to the Hotel St. George Roma:
From Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino (FCO): By taxi (€ 40,00 approx). By train via the Leonardo Express (€ 15,00 approx). Trains to Termini railway station leave every 30 minutes. From there you can reach the hotel either by taxi (€ 15,00 approx) or by bus (no. 40, 70 or 64).
From Ciampino Airport (CIA): By taxi (€ 30,00 approx). By bus to Ciampino train station and then by train to Termini railway station (trains leave every 15 minutes). From Termini you can reach the hotel either by taxi (€ 15,00 approx.) or by bus (No. 40, 70 or 64). By bus to Anagnina and than by Metro (Line A - direction “Battistini”) to the “Stazione Termini” stop. From there you can reach the hotel either by taxi (€ 15,00 approx) or by bus (no. 40, 70 or 64).
By Termini railway station: By taxi (€ 15,00 approx), by bus (no. 40, 70 or 64).
By Trastevere railway station: By taxi (€ 15,00 approx). By taking the No. 8 tram.
Tel.: +39 06 686611
Fax: +39 06 68661230
Email: stge...@hotel-invest.com
Website: http://www.stgeorgehotelrome.com/
"I Sofa' di Via Giulia" Restaurant: http://www.isofadiviagiulia.com/home-eng.php

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