Piazza San Matteo 18
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This is perhaps the best preserved example of a private square belonging to a noble Genovese family from the thirteenth century, onto which face the Chiesa di S.Matteo
, the superb residences of the various members of the Doria family, and, the half-hidden, attractive cloister with its twinned marble columns. Opposite the church is the former Palazzo Lamba Doria, displaying, after post-war cleaning, the many arched gallery which used to characterize all the buildings facing onto the square. The ground floor gallery was actually both a public and private space, where family members met to discuss their most important private issues, or to exchange goods and greetings with the other families. Some of the buildings still retain their original façades with black and grey stone stripes, common to many of the Romanic-Gothic churches of the city, and reserved solely for the members of the most important families; that is, the Doria, the Spinola, the Fieschi and the Grimaldi families.