Palazzo della Cancelleria was built between 1489 and 1513 for the Cardinal Riario who was the chancel of the Pope. It is one of the first palaces in Rome built from the ground up in the “new” Renaissance style using scavenged travertine from the nearby Theatre of Pompey as well as Egyptian granite columns that were originally used to build the 5th century church San Lorenzo in Damascus. This church was engulfed by the palace. Many hands have played a part in the execution of this palace including some of the most important families in Roman history such as the Della Rovere, the Farnese. Some sources claim the palace is based on the designs of the great Bramante.
A visit to the place gives us a great idea of how Renaissance palaces looked like in Rome. The palace is in a strategic area where there were two markets. Inside you can see murals by Vasari and you can visit a chapel decorated by the mannerist artist Francesco Salviati in the Cappella del Palio. Worth a visit to see the fireplace Julius III escaped from.
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