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Loggia Comunale: photos, description (Loggia Comunale)

Loggia Comunale, an ancient building, located in Piazza del Popolo in Levanto, a resort town on the Ligurian coast. The first mention of this building date back to the 13th century, and in 16th century it was rebuilt. In 2007 year, the Loggia was named a UNESCO monument-a Testament to the culture and the world."

Historical sources say that the Loggia Comunale was built in the 13th century, although the current building is the result of reconstruction of the late Medieval period (late 16th century). Once the Loggia performed a commercial function, as Levanto was a major port city, and then the building housed the city archives, which was there until the end of the 18th century.

Towards the Piazza del Popolo, the historical center of the town, Loggia Comunale is raised about a meter. It is a one-storey building of rectangular shape. The main facade facing the square, with arches that rest on four columns and two pilasters with a snake-like Roman capitals. The side facades overlooking via Paraka and San Giacomo, a remarkable brick semicircular arches. On one of the facades are also visible, three small Windows, and the second image of the rose window. Inside the Loggia Comunale is preserved a fresco of the 15th century, depicting the Annunciation of Mary, the authorship of which belongs to the unknown Ligurian-Lombard artist, four tombstones of white marble and slate, and antique arms Levanto and the Genoese Republic.