Piazza Garibaldi

It is the point where the city gathers and where the main streets of the centre converge. The area upon which it stands was once the space that separated the walls and moats of the castrum from the north-western settlements. At the beginning of the 17th century the community of Casalmaggiore, having realised the decline of its military role, gave up building new defence walls to convert its role as a border river town into a commercial perspective. After purchasing the area and obtained the authorisation to fill the moat that surrounded the castle, they created a very large open space to be used to host fairs and markets: it marked the beginning of the urban transformation of Casalis Majoris, whose square became a destination for trade and aggregation. However, it took two centuries for the square to reach its aesthetic completeness. Throughout this period of time the town hall was built until its completion, and it now includes a first building from 1784 and the current one from 1895, designed by Giacomo Misuraca in the Neo-Gothic style. The Council Chamber houses a large canvas representing The Oath of Pontida by the local painter Giuseppe Diotti (1779-1846). Opposite to the Town Hall stands the Palace that houses the Charity Congregation: it dates back to 1872 and features “Lombard” style façade, designed by the architect Carlo Visioli. The large complex of Santa Croce, built by the Clerics Regular of Saint Paul, also stands on this square.

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