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Gallenga Stuart Palace

Gallenga Stuart Palace

  • History and Archeology
Address: Piazza Fortebraccio, 4, Perugia - Perugia


Built in the eighteenth century in Fortebraccio Square, Palace Gallenga Stuart is a typical example of baroque architecture. Since 1927 hosts the headquarters of the University for Foreigners of Perugia. Built in the eighteenth century in Square Fortebraccio, near of the 'Etruscan Arch, Palace Gallenga Stuart was long aristocratic residence of the Antinori family.

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 The Palace is a typical example of baroque architecture. The facade, characterized by blocks with large windows, brick cornices and pilasters, Carattoli was made by Peter and by the Roman architect Francesco Bianchi between 1748 and 1758 of the project. On the ground floor are the pilasters in Doric style‭, ‬on the first floor are ionic and on the second floor are Corinthian: a clear reference to the three Greek architectural periods. The pilasters on the second floor supporting the projecting balustrade, which revolves around the attic. The hall with stucco busts of the eighteenth century and principal staircase are of considerable architectural merit. On the main floor of Palazzo Gallenga Stuart you can admire some of the rooms with frescoed walls and furnishings era.

In 1720 a young Carlo Goldoni performed here - in the vicinity of today's room Goldoniana - his first performance, picking up his first successes. Inside the Great Hall is a cycle of frescoes realized by the Futurist painter Gerardo Chartered Thirty years, called The apotheosis of Rome.

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In 1875 the Palace was bought by Romeo Gallenga Stuart and assumed its present name. In 1926 Count Gallenga Stuart gave the palace to the city of Perugia, and in 1927 became home to the University for Foreigners of Perugia. In 1931 a wealthy U.S. student, Frederick Thorne Rider, which later became an honorary citizen of Perugia, bestowed a considerable donation to the University, which made it possible to carry out the rear facade and a new wing of the building. The University for Foreigners is the oldest and most prestigious Italian institution engaged in teaching, research and dissemination of the language and civilization of Italy in all their expressions.

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