Palazzo dei Papi, Viterbo by Marco Borzacconi

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Detail of Palazzo dei Papi (Popes Palace), Viterbo, Latium, Italy.

From wikipedia:

Palazzo dei Papi is a palace in Viterbo, northern Latium, Italy. It is one of the most important monuments in the city, situated alongside the Duomo di Viterbo. The Papal Curia was removed to Viterbo in 1257 by Alexander IV, due to the hostility of the Roman commune and constant urban violence: the former bishop’s palace of Viterbo was enlarged to provide the Popes with an adequate residence. The construction, commissioned by the Capitano del popolo (“People’s Captain”) Raniero Gatti, provided a great audience hall communicating with a loggia raised on a barrel vault above the city street, was completed probably around 1266.

The massive façade, facing the central piazza San Lorenzo which is dominated by the Duomo, is approached by a wide staircase completed in 1267. The top of the palace walls is decorated with square merlons. On the right is a wide roofless loggia with a seven-bay arcade, supported by slender doubled columns and decorated with crests and reliefs. Within the loggia is a fifteenth century fountain, made with material of various ages, sporting the coat of arms of the Gatti family.
Viterbo remained the papal seat for twenty-four years, from 1257 to 1281. After Alexander IV, the palace was the seat of Urban IV, the Papal election, 1268-1271 that elected Gregory X (the longest conclave in Church history), John XXI (who died in the building in 1277 when his study collapsed), Nicholas III and Martin IV, who moved to Orvieto in 1281. They were all elected in the most famous hall of the palace, the Sala del Conclave.

HDR with Photomatix Pro, 3 shots, Nikon D7000, Nikor 18-105 VR

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  • shadesofcolor
    shadesofcolorover 3 years ago

    Excellent capture, beautiful tones & texture, a fav.

  • Thank you very much

    – Marco Borzacconi

  • NautilusBlue
    NautilusBlueover 3 years ago


  • Thank you!

    – Marco Borzacconi

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 3 years ago

    This is wonderful! I love your angle in this one and all the brick work, for me, makes it special.

  • Thank you very much, Ann! I like this one a lot, too (An Italian song says the every bug is beautiful for her mother…). That’s was the very first time I tried HDR on historical palace, I didn’t know that they results in this beautiful, detailed walls.. So bad for the cars :(

    – Marco Borzacconi

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 3 years ago

    It came out great using the HDR

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroalmost 3 years ago

    Awesome image! Fave

  • Deborah Downes
    Deborah Downesover 2 years ago

    Beautiful, Marco. Love the POV, textures, and tones. This sure brings back wonderful memories. Explored Viterbo shortly after I moved to Italy for the first time.

  • MaryinMaine
    MaryinMaineover 2 years ago

    Historical Points of Interest

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