It is linked to the two most important buildings in Genoa, the Cattedrale di S.Lorenzo and the Palazzo Ducale, by means of hanging bridges. It was built in 1581 as the Palazzetto Criminale, or the predecessor to the modern prisons. 1881 saw the transfer here of the State Archives of the Republic of Genoa, one of the most important and oldest archives in the whole of Italy. Much of the wealth of documents inside remains undiscovered. One of these documents is a manuscript dating back to 952 AD which tells of the of property tax benefits granted to the monks of S. Siro by Teodolfo, Bishop of Genoa. The airy, arched triple portico which opens up into the internal courtyard is especially interesting and unusual when one considers the building's original use.
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