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Palazzo della Ragione, Milan

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The Palazzo della Ragione is a historic building of Milan, Italy, located in Piazza Mercanti, facing the Loggia degli Osii. It was built in 13th century and originally served as a broletto as well as a judicial seat. As it was the second broletto to be built in Milan, it is also known as the Broletto Nuovo .The palace is decorated with a relief representing Oldrado da Tresseno, and the bas relief of the scrofa semilanuta, which has been object of much controversy among scholars of the foundation and origins of Milan.HistoryThe building was constructed between 1228 and 1233 for podestà Oldrado da Tresseno. It maintained a central role in the administrative and public life of Milan until the late 18th century. In 1773, under Empress Maria Theresa, it was restored and enlarged, to serve as legal archives. The structural changes were designed by architect Francesco Croce, who added a new upper floor with large round windows and restyled the whole building based on Neoclassic canons. Other major modifications of the buildings were done in 1854 by architect Enrico Terzaghi; these included glass panes that closed the ground floor ambulatory, which was reopened between 1905 and 1907.
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  • Located in piazza Mercanti, directly opposite the loggia degli Osii, is a beautiful 13th-century building, the seat of the podestà and political social activity center of the city for a long time. Over the centuries it has been subject to restoration and changes as the raising of the top floor under maria Theresa of Austria. Filled with decorative items and celebratory, as the equestrian statue of Oldrado da Tresseno, deserves a little more love from part of the town for a more thorough restoration and increased exploitation.
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  • One of the buildings why you should discover this square near to Piazza Doumo. The building is from the 13th.century and a great piece of old Italian architecture. There are interesting photo exhibiti...  more »
  • Very historic and old building at Piazza Mercanti. Stagering resemblance to the one at Bologna, at the square with the same name.  more »
  • Very nice beautiful bene bene...😊
  • Beautiful place to walk through. Many shops and restaurants. Nice atmosphere. Avoid the scammers!
  • At the end upper floor, among the rubbish of modern art, you are going to find the frescoes of XIV century. Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photo without flash light.
  • Excellent and free to go in the Castle
  • We enjoyed our trip there!!

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