Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, Perugia

Palace in Perugia

Perugia, Palazzo Del Capitano Del Popolo
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Originally known as Piazza Sopramuro, meaning “Plaza Above the Wall,” Piazza Matteotti was established in the 13th century on the edge of a steep cliff. The name derives from the supporting walls built against the hillside to uphold the square. Until 1472, this elevated plaza served as a bustling marketplace with panoramic views of the valley.

By 1481, the Captain of the People Palace and the Old University of Perugia had closed off this scenic view. Designed by Lombard architects Gasparino di Antonio and Leone di Matteo, the palace features a doorway reminiscent of the Town Hall’s entrance. The two windows are adorned with Renaissance wreaths, and a statue of Justice graces the lunette above the door.

A significant earthquake in 1741 destroyed the palace’s third floor, which was subsequently replaced with a mezzanine. The ground floor showcases Gothic arches. Adjacent to the palace, the Old University was constructed in 1453 and expanded with two additional stories by 1514, following designs by Fiorenzo di Lorenzo.

To the left of the palace, Gothic archways lead to the Lanari Room, occasionally used for arts and crafts events. Additionally, the square hosts a covered market with underground parking, elevators, and a terrace offering views of the valley and the southern part of town.

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Visiting Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, Perugia

Address: Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, Piazza Giacomo Matteotti, Perugia, Province of Perugia, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes

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