Loquis: Palazzo Imperiali

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Palazzo Imperiali

 

Published on:  2019-01-10 10:27:20

 

Built in 1719, on the ruins of a Norman castle at the behest of the Marquis of Manduria, Oria, Francavilla and Avetrana, Palazzo Imperiali was commissioned by Michele Imperiali, who entrusted the work to the Lecce architect Mauro Manieri. The only example of Baroque civil architecture in Manduria, it has three bodies on the façade, including the central one with the large access portal that still preserves the ancient wooden door. The sumptuous balcony, supported by mighty corbels, is enriched by the precious wrought iron balustrade, where the gigantic cartouches of the Imperials with the lilies, the falcon and the marchesale crown stand out. Of considerable elegance is the courtyard, with the two mighty stairways to the loggia. The palace contains works of art attributable to the local Filotico artist and the Neapolitan school. Today it is possible to visit the ground floor and the courtyard.

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