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Piazza Fontane Marose

The square derives its name from the presence of a few fountains built in 1568 and known as "marose" (billowy) given the sea-like violent jets of water they spewed. They were also referred to as "amorose" given the nearby public brothel. The fountains were destroyed in the nineteenth century for urban planning purposes.

Three buildings overlooking the street are of particular note:

Palazzo Pallavicino: It is the closest to the Strada Nuova. Built in 1565 for the Interiano Family and currently belonging to Prince Pallavicino, the building is the one closest to its original appearance with its ochre, violet and earthy green hues. The frescoes on the facade are by the Calvi Brothers' Genoese workshop.

Palazzo Negrone: Built around 1560, it first belonged to the Spinola family, then the Airolo and finally the Negrone families. The facade's current appearance is the result of alterations completed at the end of the 1700s and later ones, intended to regularize its shape according to the new neoclassic tastes and the architectural perspectives the area was gradually assuming.

Palazzo di Giacomo Spinola di Luccoli called Dei Marmi: ": Built between 1453 and 1459 for Jacopo Spinola di Luccoli, it is thus called for its façade's rich design consisting of alternating stripes of white marble and gray stone, which, although the result of a nineteenth-century restoration, recall the period in which the building was originally built.

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Copyright: Thomas Krueger
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 8400x4200
Taken: 11/10/2007
Uploaded: 04/09/2008
Updated: 28/02/2015


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