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Palazzo del CAPITANO: photos, description (Palazzo del Capitano)

Palazzo del CAPITANO is one of the elegant buildings of Arezzo 13th century, which today has a collection of Ivan Bruschi, a famous collector of antiquities. The Palace is located directly opposite the famous Romanesque Church of Santa Maria della Pieve, Piazza Grande at the highest point of the historic city. Probably the name of Palazzo del CAPITANO was given due to the fact that this building was the residence of the ruler golfscope Arezzo. In General, the Palace was originally built for a noble family, Lodomeria, and then belonged to another powerful family - Kamayani (today it is sometimes called Palazzo Camaiani). Another name of the Palace was the Palazzo della Zecca. It was built in the 13th century on the site of another more ancient building. The history of Palazzo del CAPITANO can be partially read by the family coats of arms that adorn its facade. Here you can see the logo of the Consul Arezzo (gold cross on red background), emblem of the family Kamayani (dark blue cloth with Golden ribbon and red rake with flower Fleur-de-Lis, symbol of the Consul of Florence (also with a flower Fleur-de-Lis). It is known that in the 15th century, the Palazzo belonged to the city municipality and in this mint coins. And if you look closely, you can see traces of the damage being done to the Palace during the bombing of the city during the Second World war. The Palace was restored in the 1960-ies with the participation of Ivan Bruschi.

The beautiful and austere facade of the Palazzo is made of regular hewn stone. The four portals include a low arch on the ground floor and narrow frame with simple decorations. Above are five Windows, which repeat the modulation of the window opening on the first floor. The wide entrance to the Palace is a typical Tuscan creates the impression of rigour, but partial shade at the entrance creates the impression of harmony and a certain austerity. The walls are decorated with valuable engravings. The hallway leads into the inner courtyard of the 14th century with an ancient well in the centre and a loggia with columns and carved capitals. You should definitely pay attention to the wooden vaults of the salons on the ground floor, which face the Church of Santa Maria della Pieve.

Last wish of Ivan Bruschi, a world-renowned collector of antiquities who lived in the Palazzo del CAPITANO was the creation of a Fund dedicated to art and ancient culture. The Fund was created, it consists of two branches. The first is located just in the Palazzo del CAPITANO, also known as House-Museum of Ivan Bruschi. It is in this "house of wonders" exhibited his unique collection of antiquities. The second branch is the Gallery in Piazza San Francesco, where the Antiques Fair.