Basilica Palladiana








The Basilica Palladiana is one of the most representative public buildings in the city of Vicenza, located in Piazza dei Signori. It was the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio who named it "Basilica," in reference to the name given in ancient Rome to pivotal places for politics and business. Palladio endowed the medieval Palazzo della Ragione with the white marble serliane loggia. Originally the seat of Vicenza's magistracy, today the Basilica houses three exhibition spaces, particularly for architectural and art exhibitions. On the ground floor are historic workshops, on the second floor is a large hall surrounded by the loggia, and on the upper floor is access to the panoramic terrace. In the basement of the Basilica is the archaeological area of Corte dei Bissari, which traces the city's urban history. Since 1994, the Basilica Palladiana has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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