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Palazzo Ducale: photos, description (Palazzo Ducale)

The Palazzo Ducale in Urbino is a luxurious Renaissance Palace, a UNESCO world Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO and is one of the most important monuments of Italy. Its construction was started in the mid-15th century by order of Duke Federico III da Montefeltro. On an initial draft of the Palace architect from Florence Maso di Bartolomeo, and its façade, the famous courtyard and the large entrance staircase was designed by the architect of the Dalmatian Luciano Laurana, inspired by the masterpieces of the great Brunelleschi. Simultaneously easy and magnificent courtyard of the Palazzo Ducale with graceful porticoes, reminiscent of Pasquino in Rome - the best creation of the Renaissance. Many fine carved details that adorn the Palace to such an extent like the details of the paintings of Piero della Francesca that scholars are still arguing about the possible involvement of the artist in the project Laurana.

After Luciano Laurana in 1472, the year he left Urbino, work on the construction of the Palazzo was continued by Francesco di Giorgio Martini, for the most part responsible for the decoration of the facade. Doorways and window sculptures was executed by the Milanese Ambrogio Barocci, who also worked on the interiors of the Palace. When in 1482, the year Duke Federico III died, the Palazzo was not yet completed, and construction work on time stopped. The second floor was added only in the first half of the 16th century by Girolamo jenga.

Until the 20th century the Palazzo Ducale has remained a government building, which housed the municipal archives and offices. In 1985, the year witnessed the restoration of the castle and within its walls was opened in the national Gallery of the Marche with one of the best in the world collection of works of the Renaissance. Also for the public was opened on an extensive underground network of the Palazzo.