Loggia del Bigallo - Museo del Bigallo, Florence

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  • The receptionist was eating a sandwich while was wondering of information, was also annoyed because I presented at snack time
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  • The Loggia del Bigallo is a late Gothic building in Florence that stands at the corner of Piazza San Giovanni and via Calzaioli. The site near the Baptistry of Florence was donated by a benefactor. Lo...  more »
  • Lodged next to The Baptistry and The Duomo, many overlook the splendid loggia. The smallest museum in Florence has a treasure, the first image of the city by Bernardo Daddi. It is mainly a tourist cen...  more »
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  • This building is one of a dozen public loggias in the city, and is linked with two fraternities or companies dealing with local charity. The Compagnia della Misericordia, or "Company of Mercy", was concerned with the transport of the sick, burial of the indigent dead, as well as the care of orphans. The open loggia served to shelter lost children and unwanted infants who were abandoned to the care of the brotherhood, The Compagnia di Santa Maria del Bigallo or simply del Bigallo, was founded in 1244 by Saint Peter of Verona, Saint Peter Martyr, and was formerly housed near Orsanmichele. This group focused on the housing of the indigent, and also cared for pilgrims and travellers at their Ospedale di Santa Maria alle Fonti, nicknamed "del Bigallo", at Fonteviva. Financial irregularities forced the authorities in 1425, under Cosimo I de'Medici, treasurer of the Bigallo, to merge the two groups, and reorganize the structure. As time passed, the function of the Bigallo began to dominate that of the Misericordia.
  • Clicking on 'website' takes me to a page in Chinese/Japanese with no option to change language.
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  • Unfortunately this building stays in the shadow of Cathedral
  • the more you look, the more you know it's a masterpiece
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