Piazza della Loggia

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Piazza della Loggia was designed in the middle of the renaissance period, and towards the end of the XV century the actual construction of the square began.  

The square immediately became the heart of the city for bot hits position and the presence of the Loggia that was finished in 1574, under the direction of  Filippino de' Grassi, and would become the center of the administrative life of the citizens for years.

The square is surrounded by buildings from the 1500’s in clear Venetian style with a strong visual impact, while opposite the Loggia, on the east side, there are renaissance style colonnades surmounted by the “Clock Tower”, called like this because of the presence of an ancient clock dating back to 1546. 


With a particular artistic significance, the clock features in the 4 corners 4 copper angels representing the winds; and 2 bronze male statues called in Brescia dialect "i macc de le ure", the mark the time during the day by beating the hammer on the bell placed on top of the clock.

On the southern side of the square, we can find the old Monte di Pietà, built between  1484 and 1489, that features in the lower part a little venetian loggia divided into two arches, and the main facade decorated with numerous Roman era inscriptions, coming from archeological materials reused for the construction.  In the upper part, on the other hand, there is the little loggia with 7 small arches and a balcony (probably used as a pulpit during speeches).

The northeast branch of the square hosts the monument to Bella Italia, constructed by the sculptor  Giovanni Battista Lombardi in 1864 as a substitute for the venetian monument with the San Marco lion on top, already shot down by the revolutionaries in 1797.  

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Piazza della Loggia was designed in the middle of the renaissance period, and towards the end of the XV century the actual construction of the square began.  

The square immediately became the heart of the city for bot hits position and the presence of the Loggia that was finished in 1574, under the direction of  Filippino de' Grassi, and would become the center of the administrative life of the citizens for years.

The square is surrounded by buildings from the 1500’s in clear Venetian style with a strong visual impact, while opposite the Loggia, on the east side, there are renaissance style colonnades surmounted by the “Clock Tower”, called like this because of the presence of an ancient clock dating back to 1546. 


With a particular artistic significance, the clock features in the 4 corners 4 copper angels representing the winds; and 2 bronze male statues called in Brescia dialect "i macc de le ure", the mark the time during the day by beating the hammer on the bell placed on top of the clock.

On the southern side of the square, we can find the old Monte di Pietà, built between  1484 and 1489, that features in the lower part a little venetian loggia divided into two arches, and the main facade decorated with numerous Roman era inscriptions, coming from archeological materials reused for the construction.  In the upper part, on the other hand, there is the little loggia with 7 small arches and a balcony (probably used as a pulpit during speeches).

The northeast branch of the square hosts the monument to Bella Italia, constructed by the sculptor  Giovanni Battista Lombardi in 1864 as a substitute for the venetian monument with the San Marco lion on top, already shot down by the revolutionaries in 1797.  

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