Piazza dei Signori was the focal point of political power at the time of the della Scala family, and of the Serenissima Republic. The main buildings are the 13th century Palazzo della Ragione, Palazzo Scala Cansignorio, Palazzo Cangrande and on his left the Loggia Fra Giocondo, an elegant example of Renaissance architecture. In this square there are also Palace of Compassion and baroque facade of the Domus Nova. At the center of the square stands the monument to Dante Alighieri, made in 1865 to celebrate the sixth centenary of the birth of the great poet, who during his long exile from Florence was a guest at Verona. It is a beautiful statue in marble, ten feet high, supported by a pedestal which Dante, turning his back to Via delle Fogge, has its head turned slightly toward the Palazzo Cansignorio.