Palazzo Madama, the seat of the Senate of the Republic, was built on top of the ruins of the ancient baths of Nero. It was begun at the end of the 15th century for the Medici family, and completed in 1505. The facade wasn't added until the mid-1650s.
The palazzo takes its name from Madama Margherita of Austria (1522-86), illegitimate daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, who married Alessandro de' Medici, the first Duke of Florence, in 1536.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
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