Palazzo Zanca (Municipality of Messina)
Photo: Ignazio Caloggero
LOCATION: Piazza Unione Europea DATE: 1924 DESCRIPTION The construction works began in 1914 under the direction of the Palermo architect Antonio Zanca and ended in 1924. The building is in neoclassical style and covers an area of approximately 12.000 square meters. On the facade you can see some sculptures related to the symbolism of the city and numerous tombstones that commemorate the most important events. In the façade of via San Camillo there are two bas-reliefs depicting Dina and Clarenza, while on the opposite side, in via Consolato del Mare, there is a porticoed entrance with the 1619 Senatorial fountain in front of it. The rear side overlooks Corso Cavour and Piazza Antonello with a portico decorated with bas-reliefs made by local workers. Inside the palace there are remains of ancient Greek walls. Palazzo Zanca preserves a work of the ancient convent of Santa Maria del Gesù, the large fresco in the refectory reproducing the Last Supper, by Alonzo Rodriguez (1616) is currently located in the Sala Giunta.
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