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On the eastern side of the square is the Palazzo Pretorio, testifying to the city’s glorious medieval past.


Like the Civic Tower next to it, the outline of Palazzo Pretorio is also embellished with merlons and has a Romanesque facade characterised by long rows of two- and three-mullioned windows, divided by one or two slender columns. Construction of Palazzo Pretorio began in the 9th century and was completed in the 13th century, and over its long existence it has been used for a variety of purposes: from a bishop’s residence to the seat of the local council, the Podestà and the Court. It owes its name to the fact that during the 12th century, when it became a court of justice, it was home to the local magistrate, pretore in Italian.

Following lengthy work to restore the building to its original appearance, Palazzo Pretorio now hosts the collections of the Diocesan Museum of Trento. Inside, you can admire the finest objects that make up the Treasury of the Cathedral, as well as numerous artworks from all over the Trentino area.


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