Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

Via Camillo Benso Cavour, 3, 50123 Florence, Italy

Palazzo Medici Riccardi - is a noble palace of the Medici family , built by the architect Michelozzo di Bartolomeo commissioned by Cosimo the Elder in 1444. This famous landmark in Florence is located one block from the Piazza del Duomo .. Palazzo Medici is the first example of secular buildings of the early Renaissance Florence. The building has the shape of a regular rectangle , inside which is a courtyard surrounded by arcades , which is planted with lemon trees. Modeled on the Palazzo Medici Riccardi were subsequently built many other structures , and its form is, after all , has become familiar among the palaces of the Renaissance in Italy.. According to the plan the customer first floor of the palace , lined with rough rustication and resembles a fortress wall , to symbolize the power of the inviolability of the Medici. In the rooms of the first floor were the stables, servants room , kitchen. On the second and third floors , lined with polished stones were located apartments owners and representative areas. In 1517, an open loggia on the south- eastern side of the palace was stopped up with bricks , and immured window arches were cut with tambourines , which is credited with the creation of Michelangelo.. The most famous room Medici Riccardi Palace - Chapel of the Magi , created by the architect Michelozzo. The main decoration of the chapel - fresco of Benozzo Gozzoli " Procession of the Magi to Bethlehem ," which depicts the image of the Magi owners of the castle.. Today, the palace is situated in the premises of the city Prefecture. On certain days in the palace you can visit the Chapel of the Magi , which is famous for its stunning frescoes..

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