In this chapter we will discuss one of the most particular and important buildings for the history of Treviso, the Trecento Palace.
Already in the thirteenth century the inhabitants of Treviso met in Signori Square to attend parties, shows and the most important ceremonies of city life. Small and graceful like few others, it is surrounded by splendid monumental palaces and still today represents the cultural, artistic and social center of the city. Among the various buildings that overlook are the Podestà Palace, now known as Prefettura Palace, rebuilt in a romantic style and surmounted by the characteristic medieval Civic Tower, 48 meters high and crowned with Ghibelline merlons.
The Trecento Palace, also called Ragione Palace, is the place where the Maggior Consiglio del Comune met, an assembly made up of 300 citizens elected half of the nobility and half of the people. It was built in 1185 all in brick and with the Romanesque portico ground floor. The upper floor containing a single large hall, typical of the Venetian palaces, is lit by a series of three-light windows inscribed in decorated lunettes. Today the Trecento Palace is still the seat of the municipal council, as well as a prestigious venue for exhibitions and trade fairs.
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