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The Palazzo Pubblico (town hall) is a palace in the city of Siena, located in the Tuscany region of Italy. Construction began in 1297 and its original purpose
was to house the republican government, consisting of the Podesta and Council of Nine.
Palazzo Pubblico and Torre del Mangia.The outside of the structure is an example of Italian medieval architecture with Gothic influences. The lower story is
stone; the upper crenelatted stories are made of brick. The facade of the palace is curved slightly inwards (concave) to reflect the outwards curve (convex) of
the Piazza del Campo, Siena's central square of which the Palace is the focal point. The campanile or bell tower, Torre del Mangia, was built between 1325
and 1344 with its crown designed by the painter, Lippo Memmi. The tower was designed to be taller than the tower in neighboring rival Florence; at the time it
was the tallest structure in Italy. It was fitted with a mechanical clock during the mid 14th century.
Its design was used as the basis for the Dock Tower in Grimsby, England constructed in 1852.
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