Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne was rebuilt after the previous building was destroyed by fire during the Sack of Rome. Its slightly curved form is caused by the fact that it was built on the ruins of the Domitian theatre. The architect, Baldassarre Peruzzi, turned to ancient Roman monuments for inspiration, but the façade facing Piazza dei Massimi was built in Renaissance style, with frescoes depicting episodes from the Old and New Testaments. The building is open to the public only on March 16 every year, to commemorate a miracle by San Filippo Neri who brought young Paolo Massimo back to life.
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