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Residence of the Medici Family
Constructed between 1444 and 1460 and designed by Michelozzo Michelozzi, this palace was built at the request of Cosimo the Great and represents a typical Renaissance-style Florentine palace. The palace has seen several renovations and in the mid 1660s was sold to the Riccardi family. The Riccardi family made the residence larger and constructed the Baroque-style Galleria (frescoed b Luca Giordano. The Riccardi owned the palace until 1814 when it became seat of the Ministero degli Interni and from 1871, was the Prefecture of Florence. Of particular note is the Medici Chapel where the famous frescoes of Benozzo Bozzoli are located, depicting the Procession of the Magi (1459) which includes portraits of important society figures such as Lorenzo the Magnificent and Galeazzo Maria Sforza. Â
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Biblioteca Riccardiana is a library located in the city of Florence, Italy. The library, founded in the year 1600 by the wealthy Riccardi family, is housed inside the magnificent Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Autographed works of Boccaccio, Petrarch and Savonarola are the most precious collection of the library. Other noteworthy collection include ancient manuscripts, rare books on travel, literature, theater and so much more.

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