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Clocktower and loggia of the Basilica Palladiana.
The Basilica Palladiana is a Renaissance building in the central Piazza dei Signori in Vicenzamarker, north-eastern Italymarker. The most notable feature of the edifice is the loggia, which shows one of the first examples of the what came to be known as the Palladian window, designed by a young Andrea Palladio, whose work in architecture was to have a significant effect on the field during the Renaissance and later periods.

The building was originally constructed in the 15th century and was known as the Palazzo della Ragione. The building was the seat of government and also housed a number of shops on the ground floor. When part of the building collapsed in the sixteenth century, the Council of One Hundred commissioned many architects to submit designs and selected Palladio to reconstruct the building in April 1549. Palladio added a new outer-shell of marble classical forms, a loggia and a portico that now obscure the original Gothic architecture.

The Basilica was an expensive project and took a long time to complete. Palladio received an income for the work during most of his life. Only in 1614 - thirty years after his death - did the building stand complete.

Conservation

Since 1994 the Basilica has been protected as part of a World Heritage Site along with the other Palladian buildings of Vicenza. The building now often hosts exhibitions in its large hall used for civic events.

Trivia

The upper and lower logge, and the exterior were used in the Joseph Losey film version of Mozart's opera Don Giovanni in the opening scenes.

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Image:Vicenza-Basilica Palladiana e Piazza dei Signori.jpgImage:Palladio Palazzo della Ragione upper.jpg|Upper level loggiaImage:Palladio Palazzo della Ragione tower2.jpgImage:Palazzo della Ragione.gif|Rectangular Palladian windows

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