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1/10/2012

RESTORATION

The Basilica Palladiana at the heart of Vicenza is re-opening

After a five-year conservation restoration effort, the monument takes back its rightful place as the city’s centrepiece. The inauguration ceremony will take place on 6 October with the opening of the exhibition “Raphael towards Picasso”

Andrea Palladio, Basilica, Vicenza
Andrea Palladio, Basilica, Vicenza

After a five-year,€ 21 million conservation restoration effort promoted by the municipal administration, the Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza is once again open to the public: the city’s most iconic monument, built in the 16th century by the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, has been restored to its former splendour thanks to funding from the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Verona, Vicenza, Belluno e Ancona. The project was coordinated by Eugenio Vassallo of the University of Venice.
 
The Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza’s main tourist attraction and a hub of city life, is once again accessible thanks to a conservation restoration effort which included both external and internal renovations, comprising Palladio’s extensions to the medieval Palazzo della Ragione.
 
Along with cleaning the white stone facing of the loggia’s Serlian windows, invented by Palladio himself to modify the Gothic aspect of the building located in Piazza dei Signori, the famous vaulted wooden roof, which had been destroyed during World War II and subsequently rebuilt using concrete, has now been restored to its original aspect.
 
In compliance with existing safety and accessibility regulations, an illumination system has been installed that confers a moonlit aspect upon the building at night. Also new are a centralized video monitoring system; elevators accessible for people with disabilities, and staircases that make it possible to access all parts of the building, including the loggia and the terrace, which provides a spectacular view over the city.
 
Additionally, there are now new restrooms, a ticket office, a coat room, and a bookshop. The monument will be inaugurated on 6 October with the exhibition “Raphael towards Picasso. A story of gazes, faces, and figures”, curated by Marco Goldin.



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