10 April 2008

Quirinal Palace, Rome, Italy

Coordinates: 41° 54' 0" N, 12° 29' 12.85" E. Find With Google Earth.

Quirinal Palace, Rome, Italy

The Quirinal Palace (known in Italian as the Palazzo del Quirinale or simply the Quirinale) is the official residence of the President of the Italian Republic upon the Quirinal Hill, the tallest of the seven hills of Rome.

The palace, located on the Via del Quirinale and facing onto the Piazza del Quirinale, was built in 1573 by Pope Gregory XIII as a papal summer residence. It was also used as the location for many papal conclaves. It served as a papal residence and housed the central offices responsible for the civil government of the Papal States until 1870. In September, 1870, what was left of the Papal States was overthrown. About five months later, in 1871, Rome became the capital of the new Kingdom of Italy. The palace was occupied during the invasion of Rome and became the official royal residence of the Kings of Italy, though in reality some monarchs, notably King Victor Emmanuel III (reigned 1900-1946) actually lived in a private residence elsewhere, the Quirinale being used simply as an office and for state functions. The monarchy was abolished in 1946 and the Palace became the official residence and workplace for the Presidents of the Italian Republic. Learn more...

1 comment:

Mimi said...

Those r some awesome facts abt the place!

Actually the Rome govt has been giving away quite some fund for the upkeep of these places, and has recently approved of a large budget to change the surrounds and give these places a massive facelift ;)

hop on hop off rome