Palazzo dei Banchi

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Palazzo dei Banchi

Palazzo dei Banchi is a palace in Bologna, central Italy.

It is located in the Piazza Maggiore at the side of the Basilica of San Petronio, and takes its name from several banchi (bank shops) which were located here in the 15th and 16th centuries.

It was built in 1412, although the façade and the portico were completed in 1565-1568 under design by Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola. The palace is connected by a portico, known as a Pavaglione, to the Archiginnasio of Bologna. The term derives from the French pavillon, meaning "pavilion", in reference to a fair of silkworms held here in 1449.

Behind the palace is a market of local products.


Coordinates: 44°29′37″N 11°20′38″E / 44.49361°N 11.34389°E / 44.49361; 11.34389