When tourists cross the threshhold of the Biblioteca Braidense, a gleam of light enters their eyes, an extraordinary light of the unexpected, of discovery.

Located in the Brera quarter (hence “Braidense”) in a mid-seventeenth century ex-monastery confiscated from the Jesuits by the Empress Maria-Theresa, it was opened to the public in 1770 as a kind of treasure chest. Here, history finds a voice and the centuries unfold themselves before your very eyes in the shape of words, graphics, figures, miniatures, prints, old maps, old photos, ….

The Braidense Library has very important collections among which shines the group of travel books illustrated at the end of the 1700s. There are also 15th and 16th century books, modern rare books, autographs of the famous early 19th century Italian writer Alessandro Manzoni…. A world full of marvels in evocative spaces and the precious bookshelves designed by the famous 18th century architect, Piermarini, who also designed the La Scala Theater.

WHAT: a visit (in Italian) of the Biblioteca Braidense
WHEN: Wednesday, December 3, 2019, 2:45 P.M.
WHERE: meet in the Library/Pinacoteca courtyard at the base of the statue of Napoleon, via Brera, 28
HOW MUCH: €22.00
–Activities are open only to members in good standing of the Friends of the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum Association and to its volunteers in active service in the museum.
–Activities may be cancelled if the minimum number of participants isn’t reached.
–To confirm one’s participation, it is necessary to pay the fee by the 27th of November

For information about the event and about joining the association:
+39 02 7600 6132

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