"Palazzo di Spagna (Embassy of Spain), Rome" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Friday 29th April 2011
It was built on the site of former Palazzo Monaldeschi for the Spanish ambassador in 1653 by A.del Grande and F.Borromini. It is still a residence of the Embassy of Spain at the Holy See. The facade is modest with three balconies. The vestibule with columns and statues leads to the courtyard with a big fountain and to the solemn staircase. The restoration works in the beginning of the 19th century had changed the aspect and arrangement of the interior. The halls are decorated by F.Giani. The embassy of Spain, as well as other ones, was very autonomous and even had its own post-service.
This is the headquarters of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, an organization established in the 16th century to promote the missionary activities of the Church. In front of the two palaces is an ancient column bearing a figure of the Virgin, the Column of the Immaculate Conception, around the base of which are the prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel, together with Moses and David. Every year on December eighth the Pope comes to the column to commemorate the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in 1854.
The palace gave the name to the square Piazza di Spagna, which before was Piazza della Trinita'.
Palazzo di Spagna (Embassy of Spain)
Piazza di Spagna, 55, Piazza della Trinita,
00187, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Campo Marzio (P.Spagna-P.Popolo-Pincio) (Roma centro)
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