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Palazzo dei Drappieri, Bologna

Palazzo dei Drappieri - Bologna, Italy
Palazzo dei Drappieri
Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, Bologna, Italy 40125Map
Neighborhood: San Vitale

Also known as the Palazzo degli Strozzaroli, this crennellated building opposite Bologna's Towers, was built in 1486 by Giovanni Piccinini by the Corporazioni dei Drappieri. The fa├žade is decorated with beautiful mullioned windows and a balcony, which was added in 1620 and is dominated by a niche where there a statue of the Madonna stands, protecting the Corporation. Story has it that in Bologna, it was customary to have a light as a sign of devotion and as protection against adverse weather conditions; this light was close to the sacred images and statues of the virgin. Even today on the old streets you will find small altars dedicated to the Madonna decorated with fresh flowers and candles.

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