Quirinal Palace

As the current official residence pertaining to the President of the Italian Republic, Quirinal Palace rises on that of the homonymous hill, which is the tallest among the Seven Hills of Rome. This highest point was selected as the summer residence for popes in the earlier period, and Pope Gregory XIII built the palace on the Via del Quinnale in 1583.

Many renowned architects have worked on Quirinal Palace before the palace took the present form around the 1730s. The main façade was designed by Domenico Fonatana, the huge chapel found here was designed by Carlo Moderno and the narrow wing was the design produced by Bernini. The great chapel here contains frescoes that were designed by Guido Reni.

Other prime features found at the Quirinal Palace happen to be the obelisk with that of the Roman statues pertaining to Castor and Pollux as well as the Quirinal fountain. The prancing horses of Castor and Pollux stand in splendor at the Quirinal Palace. The obelisk found at this palace was brought from Mausoleum of Augustus in 1786. The most famous fresco found at the Quirinal Palace is the Blessing Christ, which is the work of Melozzo da Forli as the grounds of Quirinal Palace also unveils a set of gardens that had been laid out during the eighteenth century.