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Palazzo Valmarana at Mira: photo description (Palazzo Valmarana)

Palazzo Valmarana - aristocratic Palace in Vicenza built by the architect Andrea Palladio in 1565, the year for Isabella Nogarola Valmarana at Mira. Her bust is engraved on the medal for the construction of the Palace, in addition, it is known that she was the initiator of the construction. But her husband is already deceased at the time of the start of construction, however, indirectly influenced the choice of Palladio the main architect of the Palazzo. At the time, Giovanni Alvise Valmarana had publicly supported Palladio's project for the construction of the portico of the Basilica Palladiana. The same architect later built the chapel of the Valmarana Chapel in the Church of Santa Croce which will be buried Giovanni Alvise and Isabella.

On the place where in the 16th century built Palazzo Valmarana, at the end of the 15th century there were several buildings owned by the family Valmarana at Mira and then combined according to the project of Palladio. The Palace was severely damaged during the Second World war during the bombardment of Vicenza by the allies in March 1945. Was destroyed the roof, a part of Attica, and a large part of the main hall of the first floor. The facade, however, remained intact, and today it is a rare example of original architecture of the 16th century, with columns and distinctive stucco-marmorino. In 1960, the year the ruined Palace was sold by the Valmarana family of Vittorio Luigi Braga Rosa, who initiated extensive restoration work and restored a damaged part of the building. He adorned the Palazzo of numerous decorations and works of art brought from other destroyed palaces, in particular, the collection of paintings of the 17th century Giulio Carpioni.

The façade of Palazzo Valmarana is one of the most unusual creations of Palladio. Here you can see a large order - a decoration, in which the columns and pilasters cover the whole building from the Foundation to the roof, which was very unusual for the palaces of the time. It is well evident that a large order, consisting of six pilasters, like standing on a small order of Corinthian columns. It draws attention to the bas-relief depicting a warrior with the family crest of the family Valmarana at Mira.