Palazzo della Magnifica Comunità di Mel

The Palace of the "Magnifica Comunità di Mel" is an elegant building whose construction began in 1510 and now houses the Town Hall of Borgo Valbelluna.

Above the roof is a tower, probably painted by Giovanni da Mel or his brother Marco, in which was placed the large clock that was originally in the bell tower destroyed by lightning in 1756. The entrance consists of a large loggia with round arches and cross vaults supported outside by columns with Ionic capitals.

It can be seen the carved coat of arms of the Zorzi family, counts of Mel from 1422 to 1720, walled to the right of the entrance door, and the grates of the prisons from which the condemned heard the sentence that was read in the loggia. The loggia was a large hall frescoed by Giovanni da Mel with solid wood stalls unfortunately lost during a serious fire in 1633. Access to the first floor is through a large stone staircase that leads to the main hall of the Palace facing the square through an artistic pentaphore.

It was frescoed by Marco da Mel in 1545 as can be read from the date placed above the medieval window in the room itself. The theme of the frescoes takes some scenes of Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto. In the wall facing east, in front of the entrance, the fourth song is republished and although the fresco is fragmentary are evident some characters such as the Wizard Brunello tied to the tree, the hippogriff, the castle of Atlas and in the background houses, fortified cities and figures on horseback. Above the entrance the painter is inspired by the 33rd song with Astolfo at the center on the hippogriff that arrives in Ethiopia in aid of the King threatened by harpies, on the right the palace with elegant lodges and where the King and the Court feast.

On the wide walls there are majestic decorative bands. Costantino Zorzi, counts of Zumelle, painted in 1593 and attributed to Domenico Tintoretto son of Jacopo. On the top floor is visible the mechanism that regulated the original clock of the tower. Finally in the council room you can admire two paintings by the painter Luigi Cima, from Zumelle.

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Palazzo della Magnifica Comunità di Mel

Piazza Papa Luciani, 3 Borgo Valbelluna 32026 Mel (BL)

Tel: +39 0437.5441

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