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Logge di Banchi

Designed by Bernardo Buontalenti and built by Cosimo Pugliani, between 1603 and 1605, by will of the Grand Duke of Tuscany Ferdinando I de’Medici, the Logge di Banchi were the place of the wool and silk market, money changers’ stalls and the cereals market. The scroll beneath the Grand Duke’s coat of arms on the side of the building and the results of recent archaeological excavations in the alley beside the Loggia, both confirm that in order to build it, part of the medieval quarter of tower houses and narrow streets, where some of the wealthiest families of the time lived, was demolished.



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