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Rocca Salimbeni, or Salimbeni Palace, a historic building in the center of Siena, is located in the square Salimbeni, bordered by the fashionable Via dei Banchi di Sopra.
The building is in the Gothic style of Siena, with nineteenth and twentieth rearrangements. It receives its name from the powerful family of Salimbeni who had it built in the fourteenth century, expanding a previous fortress.
Today it houses the corporate headquarters of the Bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena, considered the oldest bank in the world, as it was born in 1472 as the "Mount of Piety" to help citizens victims of usury; it is still in operation and is the third in order of importance in Italy, despite the crisis of the current management that has struck it .