Thursday, November 28, 2013

Palazzo Maurogordato

Giorgio (Zorzis) Maurogordato was a rich merchant of Greek origin living in Livorno. The Maurogordato (Greek: Μαυροκορδάτος) were a family of Phanariot Greeks that distinguished itself in the history of the Ottoman Empire, Wallachia, Moldavia, and modern Greece.
Palazzo Maurogordato, scali D'Azeglio, Fosso Reale, Livorno
In the second half of the 19th century he bought one of the parcels resulting from the straightening of the Fosso Reale, a work undertaken by the architect Luigi Bettarini after the demolition of the city walls.
Palazzo Maurogordato, scali D'Azeglio, Fosso Reale, Livorno
In 1856 he had the architect Giuseppe Cappellini design and build a Renaissance Revival palazzo for him and his family. The building was finished in 1864 and shows an extensive use of rusticated stone.

External links: Mavrocordatos family - Phanariotes (Wikipedia)

12 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Beautiful post! Thank you VP.

Lois Evensen said...

How very lovely! What a story, too.

Taken For Granted said...

Impressive house with a terrific history. Love the line of boats in front of the polazzo.

Gunn said...

Well done Mr.Cappellini !

Halcyon said...

These kind of buildings never go out of style.

Lucy Corrander : Photos said...

Simultaneously elegant and severe. I always experience a jolt when you show these modern boats. It is as if either they or the buildings have time-traveled.

Cezar and Léia said...

I like the windows, it's a beautiful building!
Léia

Karl Demetz said...

A gorgeous building in these fabulous photos!

Madge Bloom said...

Very sturdy looking, love the shot with the boats in the foreground...

Stefan Jansson said...

Second photo is a good one, Nice story as well.

Dina said...

Any building with rusticated stone is good in my book.

JM said...

Love the bottom shot!