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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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  • No doubt a fascinating place from exquisite cuisine with dishes well designed and presented well. Staff of the bistro is quietly at a top restaurant.
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  • The old location of the manzonian plague, is now a quiet oasis in the city centre. Inside a bistro and the walls. The architecture and the porches represent a unique, beautiful glance both x x citizens passing tourists
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  • La Rotonda is a pleasant place where do the children play and there are activities dedicated only to them, the library is small but neat and space is impressive. Unfortunately the restaurant is awful. They charge a cover for card placemats and two sandwiches shrivelled, including children. The portions are ridiculously small and even food for children, that the menu is rich and inviting, it is rather disappointing. We took tagliatelle al pesto: sheets and with very little sauce. Our club sandwich made with tiny slices of bread, pan type trunk packed so to speak. Finally, the bathroom very badly to be a place for children. The changing table for changing diapers of old is a shelf of metal without any coating covered only by waterproof old sleepers, stained and broken. Of course, every table has a stokke highchair but, in my opinion, it is not enough ... A real shame.
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