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Palatium Vetus

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Palatium Vetus, now home to Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio of Alessandria, is the first municipal building of the city of Alessandria and retains important traces of medieval history. The Gae Aulenti architectural firm managed the restoration, enhancing the historical structure, allowing legibility of the stratifications of almost eight centuries of history but also to merge contemporary taste: the inner courtyard is covered by a light structure in glass and steel, allowing this open and sheltered area to be enjoyed. In medieval times, the building was town hall, then home to Spanish governors, the House of Savoy and Napoleonic Prefects, the political and administrative life of the city for many years. The layout of the original nucleus of medieval origin preserves several gothic decorative elements, such as the three-light windows, frescoes and decorations of the indoor environments. It could be called broletto, namely seat of the city government in the 13th and 14th centuries which features a specific type of construction with a portico on the ground floor and a spacious upper room. The access to the inner rooms, both the exhibition room on the ground floor and the conference room on the first floor, where part of the Fondazione’s art collection is on show, are open to the public upon booking or during events. The collection includes works of painters and sculptors with strong links to the territory in a period that stretches from the latter decades of the 18th century to the second half of the 20th century. The stars are artists such as Pellizza da Volpedo, Morbelli, Barabino, Bistolfi, Carrà and Morando. A section of the collection is dedicated to the battle of Marengo and makes it possible to trace a crucial period in local and international history. The exhibition in the ‘ice-house’ of Palatium Vetus preserves the finds emerged during the work carried out in the palazzo: an extraordinary journey through history, the Roman epigraph of Calpurnia originating from Villa del Foro and restored thanks to Fondazione Cral was presented in the courtyard. On the outside, one of the Hundred Canons donated by the city during the wars of Italian Unification is walled up in the corner of the Palazzo.

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piazza Libertà, 28
1512x Alessandria (AL)
Alessandria

email: didatticafondazionecral@gmail.com
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http://virtualtour.palazzodelgovernatoresrl.it/
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