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The lower part of Palazzo della Ragione is open to the elements, an arched space which was once used for legal hearings.

The Palazzo is an ancient building, dating from the 1100s. Time and weather have done their work, of course, but if you look carefully at the carvings on the colum capitals you can still see scome superb early Medieval work. I especially liked the figures holding hands, although what they symbolise I do not know. None of these carvings were just for decoration...all have symbolic meanings of one sort or another.

There are one or two carvings still visible on the upper storeys of the building too. Go up the covered Medieval staircase to see them (and to get a superb view of the Cappella Colleoni and Santa Maria Maggiore).

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  • Written Jun 12, 2011
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