The late Baroque Palazzo della Consulta which sits across from the Palazzo del Quirinale, was commissioned by Pope Clement XII (c. 1730-40) and built by the Florentine architect Ferdinando Fuga (1699-1782) between 1732 and 1737.
The facade is crowned with the pope's coat of arms, a large and elaborate affair, while the main entrance is surmounted by the coat of arms of the House of Savoy.
The palace was built to house the secretariat of the Sacra Congregazione della Consulta, which served as the main council of state of the Papal States. Since 1955 it has been the seat of the Constitutional Court of the Italian Republic.
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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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