on June 30, 2001
The Palazzo Vecchio has served as Florence's town hall since it was built in the 1300s. It became known as the "Old Palace" when Cosimo I moved his headquarters across the river to the Pitti Palace. ~~~~ The exterior of the building is notable for its bell tower and fort-like construction. Inside, the decorations are just as one would expect: lavish and on a grand scale. ~~~~
The Salone dei Cinquecento is a HUGE room decorated with military paintings showing Florence winning battles with Pisa. There are also sculptures featuring the labors of Hercules and Vittoria by Michelangelo. You might recognize this room as the site of a murder in Hannibal. ~~~~ One of the most interesting areas is the Sala della Carte, the Map Room. It features renderings of the world as it was known in the 1500s. ~~~~ The Palazzo Vecchio is closed on Thursdays.
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