Palazzo Falconieri - Hungarian Academy

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The palace was built in the 16th century for the Farnese family, but in 1638 it was bought by Orazio Falconieri and transformed a lot by Borromini. Between 1646 and 1649 Orazio Falconieri commissioned Borromini to enlarge the building by adding on the right of the main facade a blind, symmetrical and similar entrance to the original one on the left, and surmounted by a falcon – the symbol of the Falconieri family – and another three windows. The ends were decorated with two huge Hermes with a falcon head and women’s breasts, perhaps alluding to the beauty of the Falconieri women. On the side towards the Tiber was added a new wing with a three-arched loggia ending in a banister adorned with two bifrontal hermas.

Palazzo Falconieri, seat of Accademia d'Ungheria (Hungarian Academy)
His projects (not finished) included a wide terrace on Tiber, with a fancy fountain that would poor its water in the river. Several rooms inside have fine ceiling decorated in stucco by Borromini. When the Falconieri family died out in 1865, the palace was sold to the Medici del Vascello. In 1890, following construction work for the Tiber embankment walls, the side facing the river underwent considerable changes. Purchased by the Hungarian Vilmos Frankoi, the founder of the Historical-Geographical Institute, it was ceded to the Hungarian government in 1927. At present the palace is a seat of Accademia d'Ungheria (Hungarian Academy) since 1928.

Accademia d'Ungheria (Hungarian Academy) is managed by the Ministry of Culture and Public Education of Hungary. The Academy organizes cultural activities and courses of language, conferences, concerts of classical music, literary evenings, film projections. It houses a rich library, founded in 1892, interesting for the history of Hungary and the relationships between Italy and Hungary in literature and art.

Palazzo Falconieri - Hungarian Academy
Via Giulia, 1
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Regola (Campo de' Fiori-Piazza Farnese) (Roma centro)
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Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-1pm.Closed Sat morning and Sun.
Telephone: 0039 06 6889671
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