Palazzo Ducale

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Palazzo Ducale, Piazzale Duca Federico, 13, Urbino, Pesaro e Urbino, Italy

Baldassare Castiglione said: "it seemed to be not a palace, but a city in the shape of a palace". Perhaps he was not referring to the size of the complex, but its attitude and its spirit.
Luciano Laurana, the architect behind Palazzo Ducale, first had to solve the problem of building a large permanent residence on the edge of a steep declivity. He succeeded admirably alternating full and empty. High walls and roof gardens, connecting the irregular masses which converge into the invention of the Loggia dei Torricini.
The large building contains many spaces of very different sizes and designed for many different purposes, which can also have shaped the rest of Urbino’s architecture.