Palazzo Medici Riccardi

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Palazzo Medici Riccardi

Palazzo Medici RiccardiThis building was to be the symbol of the economic power of the Medicis who were the virtual lords of Florence, even in the Florentine Republic at the time. The large ground-floor windows were designed by Michelangelo and date back to 1516

Medicis continued to live here even after they became Dukes of Florence, until 1540. After this, Cosimo il Vecchio, who was to become Grand Duke in 1569, decided to move to Palazzo della Signoria because he wanted to identify his position as ruler with this building, the greatest symbol of power in Florence.
The palace in Via Larga then passed to the widows and young princes of the Medici family, and in 1670 it was purchased by the very wealthy Riccardi marquises who enlarged and partially refurbished it.
In addition to the beautiful courtyard that you can see –it was designed by Michelozzo and decorated again in the Baroque Age- you should go inside and see the Great Hall called the Gallery, where the ceiling was covered in frescoes in 1682 by the famous Neapolitan painter Luca Giordano, in order to show off the glories of the Medici family.
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