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Palazzo Pubblico, Siena Overview

This is a palace in Siena that dates back to 1297. It was built to house the republican city (Italian cities were governed quite independently) government, consisting of the Podesta and the Council of Nine.

The palace boasts a remarkable Gothic exterior and even more remarkable interiors. Every room inside the palace contains frescoes and these were commissioned by the governing body of the city. Much like the rest of the city, one can spot Renascita grandeur. The frescoes by Lorenzetti in a series (on government) is one of the more famous frescoes dealing with secular themes. This set of frescoes go by the name of The Allegory of Good Government.

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