Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Student Life in Milano

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Milano, Italia
While in Milano, I was very fortunate to visit this private university’s campus. There are 4 other campuses that are branches of this main university in Brescia, Piacenza-Cremona, Roma and Campobasso. This campus contains a mix of buildings, partially because there was extensive damage from bombings. The school was later divided into 8 academic schools: Economics, Law, Languages and Literature, Educational Science, Banking, Finance and Insurance Sciences, Political Science and Psychology.

The University was founded by Father Agostino Gemelli in 1921. Plans to create the university structure began in 1921 and were approved by Pope Benedetto XV. The project foresaw a great square area divided into four cloisters, but only two of these were ever built. The northern Ionic cloister, nearest to the Basilica, was constructed under the direction of Cristoforo Solari and finished in1513. Work on the Doric cloister was carried out between 1620 - 1630 implementing a bramantesque style design. The cloister was later designated as the seat of the Catholic University, so Father Gemelli entrusted restoration work to Muzio. Muzio worked on the project over a twenty year period coping with the damage caused by bombing. Muzio both restored the existing complex and added on new buildings and service areas. He made a clear distinction between pre-existing areas and new additions by using modern materials. Muzio was responsible for building the main entrance onto Largo Gemelli. Over the granite portal is a recess housing a statue of Christ the King sculpted by Giannino Castiglioni, and a bell.

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