Palazzo del Senato (Milan)

Façade of the palazzo

The Palazzo del Senato is a Baroque architecture palace in central Milan. Presently it serves as the Archive of the State (Archivio di Stato), and is located on Via Senato number ten.

Construction of the palace was begun in 1608 by cardinal Federico Borromeo, who wished to erect a Swiss seminary college (Collegio Elvetico); the site held ruins of ancient convent of Umiliate nuns. Design of the project was initially assigned to Fabio Mangone, but completed by Francesco Maria Richini. The latter architect solved the problem of the disparate registers of the collegio and the adjacent church, with a convex façade. It curves forward on the right so that the edge on that side matches the church.[1] In 1786, it became the host of government offices of the Habsburg Austrian Empire. In 1797, the invading French sited the house of deputies of the Cisalpine Republic. In 1805 to 1814, when Milan was the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, the palace served as the Senate house. In front of the palace, stands a statue by Joan Miró.



  1. Milan Turismo Site

Coordinates: 45°28′13″N 9°11′56″E / 45.47028°N 9.19889°E / 45.47028; 9.19889

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