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Palazzo della Cancelleria

Palazzo della Cancelleria (65)

Construction on this palace began in 1485 and was completed in 1517. It was financed with the 60,000 escudos that Raffaele Riario received in payment of a gambling debt from Franceschetto Cibo, nephew of Pope Innocent VIII.

You will notice that on both the walls and on the floor of the building there is a series of stone roses, the symbol of the Riario family. They did not think twice in asking Bramante to build their palace as they believed he was the only person who was up to the task. That being so, Bramante this built the palace, while Giorgio Vasari was responsible for the interior courtyard and the fresco in the Hall of 100 Days. 

Indeed, it is said that Vasari bragged he had only taken 100 days to paint the hall, to which Michelangelo replied: “One can see that”.

The palace is currently home, among other things, to the headquarters of the Tribunal of the Sacred Roman Rota. 

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