BROLETTO

 

The Broletto is situated in Piazza Paolo VI and it is one of the biggest medieval Lombard town halls.

Nowadays it is the seat of the local council offices and it hosts some rooms of the Biblioteca Queriniana.

We do not know who the architect was, but the most important builders were Bonaventura and Giacomo della Porta.

Its name derives from the Lombard word "BROLO", fenced orchard, because before the construction there were gardens and kitchen gardens. The market and the popular assemblies were held here; for these reasons the building was enlarged from the 12th century. The palazzo was rebuilt or destroyed, according to the needs of the governors.

One of the first building
dating back to the 13th
century is the darkest part,
which is situated next to
the Duomo Nuovo and is
called "Palatius Novus Maius".

 

On the square
there is a construction
with a balcony called
"Loggia delle Grida",
supported by
some stone
sculptures, made
during this century.
At the beginning,
it was used to read
proclamations and
the governors’
decisions to
the people.

Next to this there is
the Torre del Pegol,
54 metres high, made
in stone characterised
by merlons, added in a
later period, and by ashlar.
It was used as a
municipal tower or as
a bell tower.

 

 

 

In ancient times
next to the Torre
del Pegol there
was the Chiesa
di S. Pietro in
Dom and the tower
was its bell tower.
Now in its place
we find one of
the main entrances
to the Broletto. In
the upper part there
are five windows with
brick frames
as the church of
S. Agostino.
This church, which
was restored many
times, has a rose
window on its fašade,
supported by two
lionheads in stone.

 

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