Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore


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In 1497, Ludovico il Moro called upon Donato Bramante to expand what had been - before it was turned over to the Cistercian order in the late 15th century - the most powerful and influential Benedictine monastery in northern Italy. Although Bramante was hired to add four grandiose cloisters, only two were completed (an Ionic one in 1513 and a Doric one in 1630).

As a result of an agreement between the Catholic Church and the Fascist government, the ex-monastery became home in 1921 to the Catholic university. Throughout the 1930s and '40s, architect Giovanni Muzio overhauled the complex in his characteristic dry, straightforward style. The student life has proved more colourful than the architecture: the 1968 protests kicked off here.

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore details

Largo Gemelli 1

Area Milan

Transport Metro Sant'Ambrogio/bus 50, 54, 58, 94 .

Telephone 02 72 341

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore website

Open 8am-6.30pm Mon-Fri; 8am-2.30pm Sat. Closed Aug.

Admission free.

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