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Banca d'Italia, Milan

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  • For the first time I walked into this building to deposit coins. I was amazed, large spaces, multiple gaps that the full, bright ceilings because skylights, the atmosphere is quiet, in any bank branch you feel frenzy and electricity. A large entrance door in wrought iron, large spaces, few employees, Art Nouveau architecture, it doesn't feel like a Bank, finally a monument which surprised me.
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  • Was to house the milanese branch of the Bank of Italy, the Central Bank of the Kingdom; had to say (along with other buildings which were rising around the Cordusio) the role of Milan as the economic capital of the Kingdom: could only be monumental! The Palace was built between 1907/1908e the 1912/13 on Luigi architects Broggi and Cesar Nava, which – to ensure not to be forgotten?!? – have seen fit to leave engraved their names next to the entrance arch. The building has the shape of a lozenge drawn on an area bounded by via Cordusio, via Armorari, via dell'ambrosiana, via coin, with a monumental entrance on the corner between via Cordusio and via Armorari. The main entrance (an arc where you inserted the wrought iron, bronze and coloured marble, the higher of the main door of the Duomo in Milan) is surmounted by four caryatids, in Carrara marble, supporting the upper frieze, frieze that runs along the other prospects of the building. The only part of the building usually open-during opening hours of the Bank-is the Central Hall, divided into more symmetrical arms, with chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and large arms that hold engraved glass globes; the central part is closed by a glass and iron roof and stucco and paintings embellished with a decorative perimeter with figures representing the arts, trade and industry. In the lounge you exhibited a work in marble by Giò Pomodoro, Castor and Pollux, built in the late 1980s: consists of two vertical structures resting on a shapeless, embodying (so it says) the ideas of antagonism and symmetry. Other parts of the building were opened to the public on two occasions (the days of spring 2012 and 2017 6.55): and it is a shame we could not participate because, from what I've seen on publications intended for those occasions, the Palace contains wonderful things: the grand staircase, with the railing made using two different types of marble (to create a contrast of colors), covered by a canopy in rosettes and embellished with Art Nouveau Windows; the Hall of assemblies, covered by a glass canopy faithfully reconstructed (because damaged during World War II), furnished with original furniture from the early twentieth century; the Hall of the "round table", the boardroom, the Hall "the dance", the "living room of the Governor" in which there are works of art of a certain value (Hayez, Guttuso, River; a tapestry of Dance). The view of the outside and the Salon are just ... an appetizer! But to enjoy this building is essential to wait: hopefully the wait doesn't last years!
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  • A very nice Palace built in the early 1900s and featuring Edison square. Is the historical site of the Bank of Italy in Milan, a stately Palace, articulate but very fine. Accoumuna style many of the buildings in the Centre of Milan. Important element in the great gate. Inside the Bank offers large spaces a bit retro, with furnishings and items that are partly those of the era. Worth visiting even inside.
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