Palazzo Torlonia (also known as the Palazzo Giraud, Giraud-Torlonia or Castellesi) is a 16th-century Renaissance town house in Via della Conciliazione, Rome, Italy. Built for Cardinal Adriano Castellesi da Corneto from 1496, the architect was Andrea Bregno, although others have attributed the design to Bramante.Plan your Palazzo Torlonia - Castellesi visit and explore what else you can see and do in Rome using our Rome online travel route builder.
The style of architecture was influenced by that of the papal chancery, the Palazzo della Cancelleria, one of Rome's first Renaissance palaces, which had been completed a few years earlier. The palazzo's arcaded inner courtyard has been attributed to Raphael.
In 1504, before its completion, the Cardinal (who had fallen from papal favor) presented the palazzo to King Henry VII of England. The English king Henry VIII later handed it to Lorenzo Campeggio, England's last Cardinal Protector. He lived in the unfinished palazzo from 1519 to 1524. Following England's split from the Church of Rome, it remained in possession of the Campeggio family until 1609.
From 1609 until 1635, it was owned by the Borghese family. In 1760, it was purchased by the French Giraud banking family. In 1820, it was purchased by the Torlonia family, whose name it retains along with the family's coat of arms above its great portal.
Today, the palace faces the wide boulevard named Via della Conciliazione, however, this is the result of 20th century monumental Fascist concept intended to provide an imposing approach to St Peter's Basilica. Originally, the palazzo formed the north side of a small square, the Piazza Scossacavalli, and is today (with the Palazzo dei Penitenzieri) one of the two surviving buildings of it, and the only historic palace in Borgo which has remained untouched during the works for the construction of Via della Conciliazione. Palazzo Torlonia, together with the Church of Santa Maria in Transpontina and Palazzo Latmiral (a 19th-century building placed between them), are out of axis with the new avenue, their alignment coinciding with that of the destroyed Borgo Nuovo road.
As of 2015, the palazzo remains the property of the Torlonia family.
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The palace was built in 1660 by the architect Giovanni Antonio De Rossi on the basis of a project of Bernini, commissioned by the Marquis Francesco Nuez Sanchez. In 1806 it was sold to Luciano Bonaparte, Prince of Canine and brother of Napoleon, who made there major restorations and also built a small theater. Here he was also staying for a long time, also Madama Letizia, mother of Napoleon, and the brother of Emperor Jerome, king of Westphalia. In 1842 the palace was purchased by Mario Torlonia, who had it restored by Antonio Sarti, also expanding the facade on Via Bocca di Leone, which was enlarged for the occasion. The main facade has three floors with fourteen windows and a large portal leading to a garden, adorned with a fountain with the coat of arms of the Torlonias. Another fountain with a sarcophagus and a marble plaque reminiscent of Mario Torlonia was placed in front of the portal. The cornice presents the lilies of France in place of the Napoleonic bees, because of the bad relations that ran between Luciano Bonaparte and his brother Napoleon.
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