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Rotonda della Besana, Milan

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The Rotonda della Besana (also known as Rotonda di Via Besana or Complesso di San Michele ai Nuovi Sepolcri, and originally as Foppone della Ca' Granda) 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 ("Saint Michael by the Sepulchers"). 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.
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  • Lovely place although a bit cold to sit and soak up the peace, and the children's museum was more like a children's play zone, we skipped the cafe!  more »
  • Green area in the center of Milan. It used to be a cemetery, then part of an hospital. It is now a park enclosed by a nice series of columns and surrounded by walls. We came to walk in the evening...  more »
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  • Nice place to chill with ur coffee maybe
  • Lovely space for lunch or coffee with and without children/ babies. Highly recommend it as it’s a quiet and peaceful spot with an amazing children’s bookshop. Food is just ok but on the pricey side

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