Doge's Palace, Genoa

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Doge's Palace of Genoa
Palazzo Ducale di Genova
Palazzo Ducale Genoa.jpg
The Palace of the Doges view from Piazza Matteotti.
Doge's Palace, Genoa is located in Italy
Doge's Palace, Genoa
General information
Statusnow used as a museum
Architectural styleNeo-Classical
LocationGenoa,  Italy
AddressPiazza Matteotti 9, 16123
Coordinates44°24′27″N 8°56′00″E / 44.4075°N 8.9334°E / 44.4075; 8.9334Coordinates: 44°24′27″N 8°56′00″E / 44.4075°N 8.9334°E / 44.4075; 8.9334
Construction started1778
ClientRepublic of Genoa
Technical details
Floor count3
Design and construction
ArchitectAndrea Ceresola
Simone Cantoni
Official Website of the Palace of the Doges of Genoa (in Italian)
Invalid designation
Official namePalazzo Ducale di Genova
State PartyItaly

The Doge's Palace (Italian: Palazzo Ducale) is a historical building in Genoa, northern Italy.

Once the home of the Doges of Genoa, it is now a museum and a centre for cultural events and arts exhibitions. It is situated in the heart of the city, with two different entrances and façades, the main one on Piazza Matteotti, and the second one on Piazza De Ferrari.


The first parts of the Palace were built between 1251 and 1275, during the flourishing period of the Republican history of Genoa, while the Torre Grimaldina (also named "Torre del Popolo" - Tower of the People) was completed in 1539.[1]

The palace originated from the acquisition by the commune of Genoa of houses of the Doria between San Matteo and San Lorenzo churches (1291), after which the construction of an annexed new building was started. To this, in 1294, a tower of the Fieschi family was added. The palace was restored in the 1590s by Andrea Ceresola. Around 1655, the Ducal Chapel was frescoed by Giovanni Battista Carlone and Domenico Fiasella. In 1777, it was subject to a fire, and was subsequently rebuilt in Neoclassicist style by Simone Cantoni.

On the main floor, the so-called Piano Nobile, are the frescoed halls of the Maggior and Minor Consiglio, where many public events take place.

The Palace of the Doges was restored in 1992, in occasion of the celebrations of Christopher Columbus and the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the Americas.

In July 2001 the Palace hosted the G8 Summit, which was attended by the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom and United States.



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