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Palazzo della Reggenza (Regency Palace)

The Regency Palace, today city hall of Asiago.

The Regency Palace, today city hall of Asiago.

The Federation of the “Sette Comuni” (Seven Municipalities) was ruled by a Council (named “Reggenza,” Regency) composed by 14 councillors, two for each municipality, named “Reggenti.” In Asiago, on the northern side of the Duomo (the main church of Asiago), there was the Regency Palace, later demolished by the bombings of the First World War. “Work of art was the way of life and the day-by-day defended freedom,” Mario Rigoni Stern wrote. “They said and they had written: Slege un Lusaan, Genewe un Wüsche, Ghelle, Rotz, Rowaan: dise saint Siben, Alte Komeun, Prüdere Liben (Asiago e Lusiana – Enego e Foza – Gallio, Rotzo, Roana: these are the Seven Ancient Communes, my Dear Brothers).” The eighth municipality, Conco, at that time was still part of Lusiana. “The good of the people is the good of the Regency and the good of the Regency is the good of the People,” was their motto.

Planning the reconstruction of the country, it was decided to rebuild the palace on the east side of the square, entrusting the design to the Venetian Vittorio Invernizzi. The works started on July 6, 1924, and they were completed five years later. On the bell tower the Lion of San Marco was sculpted, also present in the banner donated to the Regency by the Most Serene Republic, and on the west façade the coats of arms of the Seven Municipalities were made in mosaic.

The dedication of the Asiago Plateau to the "Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia"

The dedication of the Asiago Plateau to the “Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia” (fonte)

Now the palace houses the Town Hall of Asiago. Four panels painted by the Venetian artist Alessandro Pomi are exposed inside, representing the act of dedication to Venice of the Regency and the traditional activities of the Plateau. The Council Chamber is embellished with twelve wooden bas-reliefs representing the twelve months, by the local artist Giovanni Forte Tanasio.

In some display cases the civic banner, a 17th century banner of the Regency, and some personal effects of Cristiano Robbia are kept. Garibaldian, Robbia was an engineer and an upstanding parliamentarian of the Kingdom of Italy, of which he denounced the first scandals.

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