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Broletto, Como

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Civic Center · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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  • Visited this place when I took a tour to Como. This building is attached to the Como cathedral, & was the city town hall in the past. It is opened on 2 sides & has nice arches along those sides...  more »
  • It’s neat to be so close to history and imagine the way life was hundreds of years ago with merchants and shoppers milling about the area. Walking under the arches and touching the old columns is a...  more »
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  • Very nice! The Como Broletto is the original seat, in medieval times, of the municipality of the city of Como. It was located next to the ancient Cathedral (which from the fifteenth century would have given way to the nascent Cathedral today), signifying the strong link between the civil power of the municipality and that of the Church. Its construction dates back to 1215 at the behest of the bonardo da Codazzo. It was made in gothic-Roman style while the Renaissance elements of the facade date back to the fifteenth century. The facade is presented in bands of Lombard marble in three different colors: white, gray and red, while the civic tower was built using the technique of the bugnate. Beginning in the 15th century, the progress of the construction of the Cathedral required the cutting of two arches to the south (1477) and the closure of a porch on the same side (1514). This removal resulted in the separation of the municipal building into two separate units, and commonly referred to by the citizens with "Broletto" the one to the west and "Pretorio" to the east. The level of the square was also changed, which was raised, as can be seen even today by looking at the base of the pillars under the porch.
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  • The building symbolizes the communal autonomy of Como, competing with Milan, built next to the Duomo, of a much larger size. It Would be a beautiful testimony of the medieval past of the city, if it had not been very restored (and almost rebuilt) in the 20th century
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