Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Palazzo Mediceo

Palazzo Mediceo, LivornoThe “Palazzo Mediceo” was built by Cosimo I de' Medici between 1559 and 1565 to host his court outside the walls of the “Fortezza Vecchia”.
The oldest palace in Livorno, this building could be the early work of a young Bernardo Buontalenti, built even before his signature project in Livorno, the “Pentagono”.Palazzo Mediceo, LivornoThe air conditioning units are obviously a more recent addition, showing an utter disregard for the aesthetic of the old palace.Palazzo Mediceo, LivornoA view of the “Palazzo Mediceo” from the terrace on the other side of the “Santa Trinita” bridge, the former “Piazza dei Grani”.

See also: Piazza dei Grani - Scalo Regio - Porta del Duca
Cortile d'Arme - Capitana - Ampolletta - Molo del Soccorso
Canaviglia - Palazzo di Francesco - Mastio di Matilde
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16 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

These are wonderful! Love this building.

Traveling Hawk said...

Nice Renascimento building. What is thet under the dome?

ρομπερτ said...

So many things to discover in your city - how promising. Please have you all a good Wednesday.

daily athens

Randy said...

I agree with Robert. I don't think you would every run out of new things to show us.

Kaori said...

That's a lot of AC units! It must get pretty hot in there :-)

Dina said...

So old and still so nice.

Small City Scenes said...

It is hard to imagine anything built THAT long ago could be still standing and in use. Wonderful!! MB

cieldequimper said...

I love this building.

I suppose the guardia di finanza get hot in the summer.

Elettra said...

Rimango incantata di fronte a questo edificio, io non avrei dato il permesso di installare i condizionatori d'aria, manchiamo di rispetto a questi palazzi storici quando li deturpiamo per comodità personali

joo said...

I love the view in the first photo!

VP said...

@ Traveling Hawk - Check the 'Piazza dei Grani' link for the dome.

@ Elettra - I condizionatori servono sicuramente, basterebbe solo trovare un sistema che offenda meno l'occhio.

EG Wow said...

The first photo is such an interesting shot with the mountains in the background and the yellowish tan buildings with terra-cotta tiles.

I agree with MB that it's hard to imagine buildings that old...let alone with air conditioners in the windows now.

JM said...

Everytime I see one of your palazzi I always wonder about the interiors.

Of course you can use the Govinda pic, although I'm not sure that is a bench... :-)

Halcyon said...

Too bad they had to mar such a nice building with all that modern junk. It's still nice though!

VP said...

@ JM - You are probably right about the Govinda thing...

Arija said...

Isn't it odd how a building can serve a useful purpose for centuries and now, with the now generation that only thinks of their immediate needs, starts growing goiters, cancers and carbuncles with complete disregard of beauty, history or what is fitting.

We have the same problem here although our historical buildings are much younger, it is still painful to see cream brick convenience additions disfiguring them.

In case you are wondering, your Russian saying about weather and clothes brought me here.