Palazzo Chigi

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The Palazzo Chigi is a palace or noble residence in Rome, overlooking the Piazza Colonna and the Corso. It was begun in 1562 by Giacomo della Porta and completed by Carlo Maderno in 1580 for the Aldobrandini family. In 1659 it was purchased by the Chigi family. It was then remodeled by Felice della Greca and Giovan Battista Contini. It has five floors, a broad stairway that leads to the living rooms, and a courtyard decorated with a fountain, designed by Giacomo della Porta. The fountain has been copied in many sites in Rome and other Italian cities.

In 1878 it became the residence of the Austria-Hungarian Ambassador to Italy. 1916 it was bought by the Italian state and it became the seat of the Minister for Colonial Affairs. Later it was the official residence of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 1961 it became the official meeting place of Council of Ministers whose President is the Italian Prime Minister.
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