(active 1172-1306 in Veneto)

Exterior view

Palazzo della Ragione, Padua

The Palazzo della Ragione is a medieval town hall in Padua. The building, with its great hall on the upper floor, is reputed to have the largest roof unsupported by columns in Europe. The hall is nearly rectangular, its length 81,5 m, its breadth 27 m, and its height 24 m, the walls are covered with allegorical frescoes. The building stands on arches, and the upper story is surrounded by an open loggia.

The construction was begun in 1172 and finished in 1219. In 1306, Fra Giovanni, an Augustinian friar, covered the whole with one roof.

The photo shows the façade of the palace.

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