Lanzi loggia, Florence

Piazza della Signoria, 3, 50122 Florence, Italy

Another landmark , located in Piazza della Signoria is the Loggia Lanzi. It was built in the period from 1376 by ​​1382 under the leadership of Benci di Cioni and Simone di Francesco Talenti and originally known as the Loggia della Signoria. There were public meetings , receptions and other official events of the Florentine republic .. In the sixteenth century, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo de 'Medici first , showing their contempt for any republican tradition, placed in the loggia of his mercenaries mercenaries (abbreviated " Lanzi " ), so it was called the Loggia Lanzi. Later turned into a loggia balcony with representatives of the Medici family could watch everything going on in the square and in. On the roof of the lodge was a garden , which , unfortunately, has not survived , and later, on the orders of Kazim First it was decorated with sculptures .. Currently Lanzi Loggia is a museum in the open air , where the exposition of sculptures of ancient heroes of famous Italian artists. Among the article highlights the " Perseus with the head of Medusa " by Benvenuto Cellini , "The Rape of the Sabine Women " and " Hercules and the Centaur " by Giambologna , "The Rape of Polyxena " by Pio Fedi , the Roman copy of Greek sculpture " Menelaus with the body of Patroclus ," as well as several antique . Most of the sculptures in the Loggia - just a copy , with the exception of " Perseus ". The originals can be seen in the nearby Uffizi Gallery and the Palace of the Bargello ..

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