Palazzo San Giorgio by fredmatos

Built in 1260 in Genoa, Italy the beautiful Palazzo San Giorgio or St. George Palace, also known as the Palazzo delle Compere di San Giorgio, is a major tourist attraction, not only for the architectural aspect, but also for being home of Marco Polo and where the famous explorer dictated his memoirs to Rustichello of Pisa.

The building was built by Guglielmo Boccanegra, uncle of Simone Boccanegra, the first Doge of Genoa and its construction were used materials provided by the Byzantine Emperor Michael VIII arising from the demolition of the embassy of Venice in Constantinople. It was a reward for the help of Genoa against the Latin Empire.

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