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Palazzo della Ragione (o Broletto Nuovo), 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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  • We came here in Winter 2015/16 for a photography exhibition. Having booked in advance, we quickly learned on arriving that this gave us no benefit at all - we had to queue with everyone else and pick ...  more »
  • I visited the Palazzo della Ragione to see the Italy Inside Out exhibition. The exhibition was relatively expensive for the quality of the exhibition. I understand the artistic approach the photograph...  more »
  • Amazing building dating from the 1280's. Really loved have the opportunity to visit another masterpiece of Italian architecture and design.  more »
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  • We enjoyed our trip there!!
  • Great spot. Must see
  • One of my favourite squares of the centre. Unfortunately people tend to soil it without respect.
  • Must try to talk at the echo corner... i was told that the word bankrupt came from here.. how the act of breaking merchant table when they are broke.
  • Very interesting photo exhibitions all year round. Very interesting environment in an old mediaeval building with frescos. The book shop at the entrance is small but responds to all demands.