Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Quirinale Palace and Stables

The Quirinale Palace was built in 1573 by Pope Gregory XIII as a papal summer residence. It served as a papal residence and housed the central offices responsible for the civil government of the Papal States until 1870. Today it is the residence of the President if Italy. 

The stables for the palace are across the piazza and were built between 1722 and 1732. In 1999 they were converted into a gallery called The Scuderie del Quirinale.
This is the passage from the entrance to the upper level for the galleries. It is a ramp, built to allow horses to get to the upstairs stalls.

Situated on the highest of Rome's seven hills, there are great views from the Scuderie del Quirinale. After visiting an exhibition you can pause at the window near the elevator and enjoy the Roman skyline.

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