"Palazzo della Consulta (Constitutional Court/ Corte Costituzionale)" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Tuesday 3rd May 2011
This elegant beautiful palace was erected by order of Clement XII with the goal to make an adequate conclusion of the space around the Palazzo del Quirinale. It was built on the site of a modest construction, which in its turn stood on the ruins of the Baths of Constantine, and was adapted by Sixtus V for the seat of Consulta, i.e. one of 15 Congregations reordered by this pope in course of general rearrangement of the administrative structure of the Pontifical State; Consulta was a kind of State Council, which was occupied with the current affairs of the Church.
F.Fuga had been invited to realize the more representative palace of Consulta in 1732-1737. Later in time a part of it was adapted for the barracks of the Cavalleggeri (Light Cavalry) and of the Armour. After 1870 Palazzo della Consulta became a residence of the princes of Italy, and later, of the Ministry of Home Affairs. In 1924 it was occupied by Ministry of Colonies and at present it is a seat of Constitutional Court.
Since 1955 Palazzo della Consulta has been the seat of the Constitutional Court. The two-storey façade with a mezzanine is decorated with imposing pilasters and has high windows with tympanums. The central door is crowned by the statues of Justice and Religion (F. Maini, 1739); on the upper balustrade, the Corsini coat of arms is between winged statues (P. Benaglia, 1735). In the courtyard is a dramatic double flight of steps on two levels; inside the 18th century decorations and the frescoed ceilings are partly preserved.
Palazzo della Consulta (Constitutional Court/ Corte Costituzionale)
Piazza del Quirinale, 41
00187, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Monti (Colosseo-S.Giovanni-S.Maria Maggiore) (Roma centro)
Palazzo della Consulta (Constitutional Court/ Corte Costituzionale) is Shown By "Map E Zone" As "93"
Underground: metro A (alight at Repubblica), metro B (alight at Cavour)
Bus: 16 - 40 - 170 - 36 - 360 - 37 - 38 - 60 - 61 -62 - 64 - 70 - 116T - 117 - 640 - H (alight at Nazionale/Quirinale)
Web site: http://www.cortecostituzionale.it/