Statues and masterpieces of Fermo’s Palazzo dei Priori

Palazzo dei Priori di Fermo

One of the halls in the Picture Gallery of Palazzo dei Priori, in Fermo, is home to the battered wooden statue of a medieval soldier, which over time has become a symbol of the beautiful town in Marche.

Locals call it “lu Marguttu”: it probably is a puppet once used in an old festival, and some scholars believe its name derives from Amurat Dragut, a Barbary pirate who took part in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571.

The splendid palace also features another statue over the central loggia: an imposing, bronze piece that represents Marche-born pontiff Sixtus V, bishop of Fermo from 1571 to 1577.

Fermo’s Palazzo dei Priori – which was given its current fan-shaped profile in the 1500s, incorporating a 13th-century building and a church dedicated to Saint Martin – is also home to a masterpiece of Baroque painting, “The Adoration of the Magi” by Pieter Paul Rubens.

Finally, inside you’ll find the Archaeological Museum and the Spezioli Library: the oldest and most prestigious in Marche, it developed around the Globe Hall – named after its wonderful and extremely detailed handwritten globe, which was designed by cartographer Amanzio Moroncelli in 1713.

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October 6, 2016

Statues and masterpieces of Fermo’s Palazzo dei Priori

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