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Rotonda della Besana, Milan

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The Rotonda della Besana is a late baroque building complex and former cemetery in Milan, Italy, built between 1695 and 1732 and located close to the city center. The complex comprises a lobate hectagonal colonnade portico enclosing a garden and the deconsacrated church of San Michele ai Sepolcri . The portico was designed by architects Francesco Croce and Carlo Raffaello Raffagno, while the church was designed by Attilio Arrigoni. Although originally a cemetery, over time the Rotonda has been adapted for a number of other uses; today, it is a leisure area and a venue for cultural events.The complex covers an overall area of 7,100 m² and owes its current name to its location, at number 15 of Via Enrico Besana.HistoryThe building was originally established to serve as a foppone for the Ospedale Maggiore, and hosted about 150,000 burials, placed in a complex system of underground catacombs . In 1787, under Austrian rule, cemeteries were moved outside the city walls, and the Rotonda cemetery was thus dismissed. Under Napoleonic rule, plans were made to redesign the Rotonda into a famedio along the lines of the Panthéon in Paris, but these plans were later dismissed. The Rotonda was thus adapted for a number of other uses, including as a stable and a barn. In the 19th century it was returned to the Ospedale Maggiore, which used it as a cronicario and a laundry building. The Ospedale eventually donated the structure to the Comune di Milano, in 1939. The Comune restored the complex and adapted it to serve as a green area and as a venue for cultural and social events.
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  • a truly lovely, worth vivitata for its uniqueness! Reall obella and striking
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  • An oasis of calm where you can refresh the spirit and the stomach. An atmosphere in which we are no longer accustomed to Milan.
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  • From the hectic Milan fashion and business, will take you to a place of the past. The circular structure of the arcade. Perfect for enjoying a bit of green in the city. Cool bar where you can enjoy aperitifs or just a coffee. Kids can enjoy the MUBA (children's Museum of Milan).
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