The grandness of this Palazzo reminds one of the important position held by the Congiura family in Renaissance Florence. The family tried to seize economic and political power from the Medicis, as others did before them. This palazzo was where the conspiracy against the Medici's was hatched and planned in 1478. Giuliani de' Medici was killed, although Lorenzo il Magnifico managed to escape by hiding away. The Pazzi conspiracy led to the palazzo being renamed the Palazzo della Congiura, or "The Palace of Conspiracy". The architect, Giuliano da Maiano is thought to have finished the building, designed in the style of Brunelleschi, between 1558 and 1569. The façade was built with a rusticated lower part which contrasts with the plastered upper floor. In the corner the family crest - decorated by Giuliano with symbolic paintings of family members - is a copy of the original, which today is in the entrance courtyard.
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