Palazzo San Giacomo, Naples

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Palace of San Giacomo
Palazzo San Giacomo
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Palazzo San Giacomo façade
Alternative namesPalazzo del Municipio
General information
StatusOffice of the Mayor of Naples
TypePalace
Architectural styleNeo-Classical
LocationNaples, Italy
AddressPiazza del Municipio, 80132
Coordinates40°50′25″N 14°15′00″E / 40.8403°N 14.2500°E / 40.8403; 14.2500Coordinates: 40°50′25″N 14°15′00″E / 40.8403°N 14.2500°E / 40.8403; 14.2500
Current tenantsMunicipality of Naples
Construction started1819
Completed1825
ClientFerdinand I of the Two Sicilies
OwnerKingdom of the Two Sicilies
LandlordMunicipality of Naples
Technical details
Floor count4
Design and construction
ArchitectStefano Gasse
Website
Comune of Naples (in Italian)
Invalid designation
Official namePalazzo San Giacomo
TypeNon-movable
CriteriaMonument
State PartyItaly

The Palazzo San Giacomo, known as the Municipio (city hall) is a Neoclassical style palace in central Naples, Italy. It stands before the fortress of the Maschio Angioino, stradling the zones of Porto and San Ferdinando. It houses the mayor and the offices of the municipality of Naples. The entire office complex spans from largo de Castello to Via Toledo, along via di San Giacomo.

In 1816, King Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies commissions the construction of a centralized building to house the various ministries of the government. The area for this palace was chosen, and the buildings therein were either demolished or incorporated including the monastery and church of the Concezione (once known as Santa Maria Fior delle Vergini), the Hospital of San Giacomo, and the offices of the Bank of San Giacomo. The church of San Giacomo degli Spagnoli was incorporated into the palace.[1]

The architects were Vincenzo Buonocore, Antonio De Simone, and Stefano Gasse. Work was only completed in 1825. In the atrium are two statues of Kings Ruggiero the Norman and Frederick of Swabia. The statues of the Bourbon Kings, Ferdinand I and Francesco I of the Two Sicilies, that once stood in niches here, were substituted by allegorical figures. The entry way also has a head from a bust which has been assigned to the mythical representative of Naples, the siren Parthenope.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Comune of Naples entry on Palace.
  2. ^ napoligrafia entry on palace.