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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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  • work in front of Bailey and day for me is the place to isolate myself and relax a little more than that the place to sunbathe. In the evening during summer weekends turns into a quiet, soft lighting, candles, live music and cocktails in hand ... you can sit at the tables or on the lawn. You create a unique atmosphere! Recommend to everyone!
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  • I was at the Rotonda della Befana for after dinner drinks and I found myself very well: blankets to sit on the grass, live music and cheap drinks.
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  • Beautiful complex in the Centre of Milan. The muba gave birth to this place that lends itself well to the needs of children. Wonderful pantan terracotta arcade which encloses the green space around the Church. Place idealw x hide in reading. Very good the bistro although a little pricey. Bathrooms to be demolished.
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