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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Lantern slide labeled Petrograd.

    In the reign of Catherine II a grand palace ensemble was created that served as an official state residence, a storehouse of art treasures, and also as a home where the Russian Empress spent her private life. Out of six buildings of the main palace (now museum) complex, four, namely the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage and New Hermitage, are partially open to the public. The other two are Hermitage Theatre and the Reserve House. Next to the Winte…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The first organ was installed ca. 1740. The choir, in the eastern side of the cathedral between the nave and the sanctuary, houses the first Renaissance choir stalls in Switzerland. The carving includes both animals and images of daily life.

    The minster, dedicated to St Vincent (originally the parish church, later made collegiate), was planned by Matthäus Ensinger from 1421 to replace a 12th century predecessor. It was largely completed by about 1540 by successive architects, including Vince…

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    G. Massiot & cie
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    Each Podestà, or mayor, who resided in the palace left his coat-of-arms as a reminder of his presence. On the newel post is a lion, the symbol of Florence.

    The massive Palazzo del Bargello was begun in 1255 and was the seat of the Podestà from 1261. In 1574 it became the headquarters of the Bargello (the chief of police) and subsequently parts of the interior were converted into prison cells. A programme to restore the building was begun in 1857 and two years later, after the collapse of the…

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Palazzo del Popolo (begun 1293), later the Palazzo dei Priori , has a remarkable frescoed hall, the Sala dei Notari. In Perugia the magistratura dei Priori, “magistrature of the first citizens”, was established in 1303: the palazzo had been called the Palazzo Nuovo del Popolo (“New Palace of the People”) to that point. Two more bays and a grand entrance portal were added to the piazza façade in 1333-1337, together with the arcaded loggia, where decrees were publicly read. …

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Center sculpture is the winged lion, symbol of St. Mark and of Venice. Stairs are visible behind the arch.

    Part of the UNESCO designated site known as “The city of Vicenza and the Palladian villas of the Veneto”. Little is known of the arch itself, except the date of construction, 1595. [Architect is unknown.] It marks the beginning of the stepped access route to Monte Berico known as ‘le Scalette’. The sculptures on top are by Giovanni Battista Albanese. “He was the m…

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Its double ramp of stairs were designed by Michelangelo as part of the Piazza del Campidoglio project.

    A few years after he arrived in Rome, Pope Paul III (Farnese) decided to reshape the Capitoline Hill into a monumental civic piazza; Michelangelo designed the project and his Piazza del Campidoglio is one of the most significant contributions ever made in the history of urban planning. The hill’s importance as a sacred site in antiquity had been largely forgotten due to its medieval tra…

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Michelangelo devised a monumental wide ramped stair (the cordonata), gradually ascending the hill to reach the high piazza, so that the Campidoglio resolutely turned its back on the Roman Forum that it had once commanded. It was built to be wide enough for horse riders to ascend the hill without dismounting.

    A few years after he arrived in Rome, Pope Paul III (Farnese) decided to reshape the Capitoline Hill into a monumental civic piazza; Michelangelo designed the project and his Piazza del …

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Its double ramp of stairs were designed by Michelangelo as part of the Piazza del Campidoglio project. The fountain in front of the staircase features the river gods of the Tiber and the Nile as well as Dea Roma (Minerva).

    A few years after he arrived in Rome, Pope Paul III (Farnese) decided to reshape the Capitoline Hill into a monumental civic piazza; Michelangelo designed the project and his Piazza del Campidoglio is one of the most significant contributions ever made in the history of ur…

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The stair is a 17th century addition when the Zisa, reduced to very poor conditions, was purchased by Giovanni di Sandoval. The latter’s marble emblem with two lions can be seen over the entrance. The external windows were also modified.

    The Zisa is a castle in the western part of Palermo, Sicily. The construction was begun in the 12th century by Arab craftsmen for king William I of Sicily, and completed by his son William II. The edifice had been conceived as summer residence for the No…

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Bell tower is visible to the right.

    The Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, where council meetings were held, is one of the best surviving examples of late medieval civic architecture in Italy. This essentially Romanesque building dates from the 1280s; it has a ground-floor loggia, originally open, with a great meeting hall above and a grand external staircase and balcony.

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The villa itself is, in architectural terms, somewhat plain. Ligorio did, however, execute a fine staircase loggia on the garden front.

    Villa on the edge of the town, famous for its fine gardens with their spectacular fountains and waterworks. In 1550 Ippolito II d'Este (i), Cardinal of Ferrara, was appointed governor of Tivoli. He decided to transform the governor’s residence located in a portion of an old run-down Benedictine monastery attached to S Maria Maggiore into a lavish vil…

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The building is known for its two interior courtyards with double corridors.

    A large and unusually rich monastery with ties to the Catanian nobility. This monastery was the second largest in Europe after Mafra in Portugal with an extensive library. The monastery stands next to the unfinished Basilica of San Nicola l'Arena (1687). It is now the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy for the University of Catania.

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