Wednesday, March 31, 2010

San Sebastiano

Palazzo San Sebastiano, Livorno
The central “Palazzo San Sebastiano” (Saint Sebastian Palace) was designed in 1926 and built in 1929, with two nearby buildings, for the “Istituto Nazionale Immobiliare”.
Palazzo San Sebastiano, Livorno
Palazzo San Sebastiano, Livorno
On the side facing the Cathedral the building has a an interesting loggia, with a terrace above, and a high relief of Saint Sebastian on the corner with “Via San Francesco”. The poor Saint Sebastian is closely guarded by the traffic cameras of the “Zona a Traffico Limitato” (limited traffic zone).

18 comments:

Steffe said...

Nice bit of history here, with matching photos, and then a bit of a surprise with the traffic camera!

tapirgal said...

He may be guarded by cameras, but in this case the artist didn't want to put the arrows in, so he wins on that account!

tapirgal said...

Lovely loggia, too. I wish we had them.

Jacob said...

Hmmm...saint's alive! You've got saints everywhere! Are the traffic cameras to catch law-breakers?

And who was Saint Sebastian? Never mind, I can look it up!

James said...

I'm not a big fan of traffic cameras but I really like the arches and the saint that hangs out on the corner.

Luis Gomez said...

Love Saint Sebastian's story. Thanks for the images.

B SQUARED said...

In his wildest dreams, he never could have imagined this.

Halcyon said...

The last one is funny! Glad he's well-guarded.

joo said...

I agree with Halcyon - the best guarded saint:)
Interesting images and I like the loggia.

Andreea said...

Beautiful loggia, I like it. Interesting solution for the arrows.

Small City Scenes said...

With all the cameras around Saint Sebastion at least he has some clothes on. MB

Lois said...

Maybe it is the cameras that need to be guarded! This is a beautiful building.

Dina said...

Poor Sebastian.

cieldequimper said...

Beautiful building. I was relieved to see this isn't black and white, I would have been very surprised, although the first and last look really good in almost monochrome. The traffic cameras add a je ne sais quoi to the last one.

Hilda said...

At least San Sebastian's no longer alone in guarding the corner.

JM said...

The last composition is fantastic! Poor San Sebastiano... :-) I love the balcony/arcades, it reminds me of Bologna.

Kaori said...

Now that you mention it...he DOES look a little uncomfortable. Maybe he's camera shy? :)

Wolynski said...

San Sebastian is the one poked with all the arrows, I think. Very tasteful rendition - no need to be literal all the time.

Love these old Livorno buildings.