Palace of the Province Bergamo

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Palace of the Province

Giacomo Manzù  

The famous leader Bartolomeo Colleoni to make his own tomb, he did demolish an apse of the basilica chosen one of the most important places prestige of the city e gave the task to one of the best known artists at that time, such Giovanni Antonio Amadeo, who built the work considered remarkable in the history of Lombard art and for the Renaissance period. In the narrow spaces of the Duomo square the façade, with its exuberant decorative strength and chromatic, it seems to want to compete with the sumptuous decorations of the basilica's porch. Visiting times vary depending on the season, the Colleoni Chapel remains closed on Mondays.

Overall the surface of over two thousand square meters, half of it is used to the exhibition area while the remaining space is used for event promotion purposes cultural events, conferences and debates to art, culture, social life. For these reasons the Province Palace remains a place open to citizens and others territory of Bergamo, becoming at the same time a point of reference point for the Bergamo community.
Built during the period between the years 1864 and 1871, the Province Palace it is the first public work created in Bergamo, after the annexation to the Kingdom of Italy.
The structural characteristics of the building and its decorations are made of Camerata Cornello stone, and represent a significant example of Bergamo architecture during the nineteenth century. The building has a very characteristic 'U' shape. In the facade part decorations are found interesting with ornamental criteria linked together by decorations involving 54 windows, a stringcourse between the mezzanine floor and the first floor, an attic cornice and a gutter decorated chests of drawers. In particular, the panels located above the central windows, between the Corinthian columns, are five high reliefs in concrete depicting, respectively from the left, nominated Bartolomeo Colleoni captain general of the Republic Veneta, Bartolomeo Colleoni who benefits i citizens, Bergamo a woman between Serio and Brembo, The oath of Pontida, Alberico da Rosciate gives the city statutes. The facades of the three sides of the internal courtyard are characterized by a portico with columns of white granite from Lake Maggiore and paving in Sarnico sandstone slabs.
The building of Province Palace it was designed by Eng. Savoia and the architects Preda and Cuminetti, in an area where in the past the cattle market took place.
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