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Taking a jog or on your way to work, you will surely spot a loggia, an architectural feature that has remained with us over the years. Throughout time the loggia has remained popular because of its distinguished appearance and several uses.

Venetian loggia in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. The Loggia is regarded as the finest Venetian monument on Crete

Venetian loggia in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. 

According to the Britannica Encyclopedia

“A loggia,  room, hall, gallery, or porch open to the air on one or more sides; it evolved in the Mediterranean region, where an open sitting room with protection from the sun was desirable. Ancient Egyptian houses often had a loggia on their roofs or an interior loggia facing upon a court.

In medieval and Renaissance Italy the loggia was often used in conjunction with a public square, as in the Loggia dei Lanzi (begun 1376) in Florence by Benci di Cione and Simone di Francesco. The loggia was also an essential feature of a villa and often had outstanding decoration—e.g., the frescoes of Raphael in the Villa Farnesina loggia at Rome.”

Loggia dei Lanzi The Loggia dei Lanzi, also called the Loggia della Signoria It was built between 1376 and 1382 by Benci di Cione and Simone di Francesco Talenti.

Loggia dei Lanzi
The Loggia dei Lanzi, also called the Loggia della Signoria was built between 1376 and 1382 by Benci di Cione and Simone di Francesco Talenti.

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The Loggia dei Lanzi is a unique example of an open-air sculpture gallery containing antique and Renaissance art and one of Florence’s landmarks.

 

Here are few exciting examples:

Source: http://www.homebunch.com/interior-design-ideas-56/ Designed by John Cannon Homes.

Source: http://www.homebunch.com/interior-design-ideas-56/
Designed by John Cannon Homes.

 

Source:  The Loggia at the Casa de Carmona

Source: http://www.casadecarmona.com/meetings/meeting-rooms/loggia/                                     The Loggia at the Casa de Carmona

References

loggia (architecture) — Encyclopedia Britannica. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/346169/loggia

Loggia dei Lanzi: an open-air museum in Florence | TuscanyArts – The History and the future of the arts in Tuscany. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.turismo.intoscana.it/allthingstuscany/tuscanyarts/loggia-dei-lanzi-open-air-museum-in-florence/

 

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