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Palazzo della Cancelleria information
As impressive an example of Renaissance architecture as you’ll find in Rome, this huge palazzo was built for Cardinal Raffaele Riario between 1483 and 1513. It was later acquired by the Vatican and became the seat of the Papal Chancellory. It is still Vatican property and nowadays houses the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, the Holy See’s highest ecclesiastical court.
It is often used to stage exhibitions and if you get the chance you should nip through to the courtyard to take a peek at Bramante’s glorious double loggia.
Incorporated into the palazzo, the 4th-century Basilica di San Lorenzo in Damaso , is one of Rome’s oldest churches.