Si Trova: in piazza Pretoria a Palermo
Lat: 38° 6' 55.03182" N - Long: 13° 21' 44.64779" E
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Palazzo Pretorio is also called "Palazzo delle Aquile" from the great eagle, symbol of Palermo, sculpted above the entrance portal, facing the beautiful Fontana Pretoria.
It has hosted the Senate of Palermo for seven hundred years.
The current appearance dates back to the 19th century, but hides the superimposition of different buildings and styles, the oldest of which dates back to the 14th century.
It has a rectangular plan, with a central courtyard.
Each façade is decorated with numerous epigraphs, plaques and statues.
Inside, the building houses numerous valuable works of art.
A monumental staircase leads to the noble floor, with the Bassorilievi Room, the Gonfaloni Room, with the emblems of the main Sicilian towns, the Red Room, which is the Mayor's office, the Yellow Room, where the Municipal Council meets, the Hall of the Tombstones, the Garibaldi Room, with weapons and tapestries donated by Napoleon Bonaparte to Admiral Gravina, the Montalbo Hall, the Chapel of Santa Rosalia.
In the basement there is an anti-aircraft shelter dating back to the Second World War.
Near the monumental staircase is the statue of the "Genio di Palermo", a mythological character, tutelary deity of the town, by Domenico Gagini and Gabriele di Battista.
The palace can be visited for free from Monday to Saturday from 08:30 to 20:00.
Sunday until 1pm.
For info tel .: 091 7401111
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