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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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  • Absurd as 2017, at dawn, in a Milan sparkling and increasingly at the center of Italy and Europe, with thousands of daily work in progress and finished goods, we should still attend this havoc. I remember when as a young man sometimes you would go inside to play with the ball. (almost like in a movie a few years ago). Now it all seems to fall apart and that scalaccia put it there you don't know what criterion it worsens the already ugly sense of abandonment you feel seeing the Broletto. Mr. Hall: you keep busy! We attempt to again return into the space between the columns to play to feel the items from one side to the other by speaking against the wall. We want to review the area finally restored back to old lustres. Milan: speak up! The Center is beautiful: we improve that little bit of abandoned that remains ...
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  • To see the current status (neglected). The construction started in 1228 by the architect Vincenzo Seregni (1504-Seregno Milano 1594) the building owned by the city of Milan from 1939. The building has a rectangular plan with two exhibitions are often planted where, ugly, very ugly indeed the side recently added iron staircase.
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  • For years I hear promises for the restoration of this historic building, quite run down and then in need of a radical recovery. Last year I heard of firm commitments to that effect for 2016, but nothing was done. Yesterday morning, 6 December, has also dropped a brick from the inner façade with grave danger of passersby, so much so that the building has been cordoned off. I think there is a need for more words but only of concrete as fast interventions.
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  • One of my favourite squares of the centre. Unfortunately people tend to soil it without respect.
  • Beautiful square in the center of Milano
  • 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.
  • Very nice square in the city center! Just be careful in the very early hours of the day cause you may run into bad intentioned guy but generally is very nice and good controlled!
  • Famous landmark