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National Roman Museum, Palazzo Altemps

Local name: Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Altemps

Palazzo Altemps in Rome is the seat of the National Museum (Museo Nazionale Romano). The building dates from the 15th century, you can admire the fresco preserved from that period commemorating the wedding of Girolamo Riario (palace owner) with Caterina Sforza, and a rich collection of Greek and Roman sculptures. The most important monuments include the Throne of Ludovisi and a sarcophagus from the 3rd century.

The Throne of Ludovisi is a group of three carved slabs made of marble around 460 BC. The Ludovisi sarcophagus is decorated with a relief depicting a battle scene. The name comes from the place where they were found - Villa Ludovisi in Rome.

The fresco from the 15th century is preserved on one of the inner walls of the palace, it presents wedding gifts for the couple, including silver plates. The sculptures currently in the museum collections belonged to representatives of the Roman nobility in the 16th and 17th centuries. The palace was designed by Melozzo da Forlì.


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    National Roman Museum, Palazzo Altemps map
    Piazza di S. Apollinare 4600186 Rome , Italy