Palazzo di Montecitorio, Rome
|Architect/Designer||Bernini, Gian Lorenzo (1598-1680)|
|Fontana, Carlo (1634-1714)|
|Library Reference||Benton 76-04-59-27|
|Colour Info||Black and white|
|Credit||Tim Benton / RIBA Collections|
|Subject||Clocks ; Town houses ; Government buildings|
NOTES: The building was originally designed by Bernini for Cardinal Ludovico Ludovisi, nephew of Pope Gregory XV. However, with the death of Gregory XV in 1623 work stopped and was not restarted until the papacy of Pope Innocent XII (Antonio Pignatelli), when it was completed by the architect Carlo Fontana in 1694, who modified Bernini's plan with the addition of a bell gable above the main entrance. In 1870 following the unification of Italy, it was chosen as the seat of the Chamber of Deputies and in the early 1900s the palace was completely rebuilt behind the facade by the architect Ernesto Basile.
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