Biblioteca Ambrosiana

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The Biblioteca Ambrosiana is a library that is steeped in history located in the Italian city, Milan. The library is named after Ambrose, the patron saint of Milan, it was established in 1609 by Cardinal Federico Borromeo. The Cardinal got a team of people to scour Europe for interesting books and manuscripts which laid a foundation for the collection of the library but it was the acquirement of the manuscripts of the Benedictine monastery of Bobbio (1606) and the library of the Paduan that really attracted visitors.  It is thought this old historic looking library holds a collection of 30,000 books/manuscripts and relics now with some pieces dating back to the 2nd century. The building also has a section which is an art gallery which contains works by some very famous artists.

Getting there

Getting to the library is fairly simple, the public transport system of Milan provides a couple of options. By bus, take the 54 or 84 which both travel to the Ambrosiana. By metro, take the red M1 line and exit at ‘Orefici’ from there it is a short walk to the library.

Opening Times and Admission

The library is open from 10am-6pm Tuesday to Sunday, with Mondays being its weekly day of closure. The cost to enter is set at around 15 euros which gives you access to the gallery as well as the library. Guides are available at an additional cost.

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