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The Ospedale Maggiore
, traditionally named 'Ca
Granda''' (i.e. Big House), is a building in the center of Milan constructed to house one of the first community hospitals, the largest such undertaking of the fifteenth century. Commissioned by Francesco Sforza in 1456 and designed by Antonio Filarete it is among the first examples of Renaissance architecture in Lombardy.
Historical medical landmarks in the Ca' Granda
Even if the old buildings of the Ospedale Maggiore host today the State University of Milan, you can still find in it – apart from the beautiful original architecture - some of the “relics” of its glorious medical and sanitary history.Memorial tablet of the Hospital foundation
. Francesco Sforza founded this hospital in 1456 “AD SUSTENTANDOS CHRISTI PAUPERES” (for the sustenance of Christ’s poors). You can see the tablet on the portal that today give access to the University Law Library, under the right arcades of the central courtyard.
Image:Ca' Granda, Milan, Cortile crociera 3.JPG|the right arcades of the main courtyard
Image:Ca' Granda, Milan, foundation tablet 1.JPG|the portal with the foundation tablet
Image:Ca' Granda, Milan, foundation tablet 2.JPG|the foundation tablet
Memorial tablet of Saint Camillus de Lellis
. Saint Camillus de Lellis spent some time nursing the patients of this hospital as recorded by the stone tablet on a portal, near the entrance to the central Church of the Annunziata (ten meters to the right), in the central courtyard. On the tablet, with some difficulty, you can read the following inscription: “SAN CAMILLO DE LELLIS 1550-1614 / INFERMIERE NELLA CROCIERA DI QUESTA ANTICA CA GRANDA / CON LA PAROLA E L’ESEMPIO / INSEGNO’ A SERVIRE I MALATI E AD AMARLI / ‘CON QUELL’AFFETTO CHE SUOL UNA AMOREVOLE MADRE / AL SUO UNICO FIGLIUOLO INFERMO’ / NEL 4° CENTENARIO – 16-4-1983”.
Image:Ca' Granda, Milan, Cortile crociera 2.JPG|the arcades with the Church of the Annunziata
Image:Ca' Granda, Milan, memorial tablet Saint Camillus de Lellis 1.JPG|the portal with the memorial tablet
Image:Ca' Granda, Milan, memorial tablet Saint Camillus de Lellis 2.JPG|the memorial tablet of Saint Camillus
Luigi Mangiagalli’s Statue
. Just passed the main entrance to the Ca’ Granda, on the left, you can see the big bronze statue of Luigi Mangiagalli (1849-1928), famous italian obstetrician and gynaecologist, mayor of Milan (1922) and founder of the State University of the town (1923). On the pedestal of the statue, you can read the following inscription: “LUIGI / MANGIAGALLI / UMANISTA / MEDICO E FILANTROPO / CREO’ L’UNIVERSITA’ / DI MILANO / VOLLE PIU’ GRANDE LA / METROPOLI LOMBARDA. / I MILANESI”.
Image:Luigi Mangiagalli's statue, Ca' Granda, Milan 1.JPG|the statue in his actual “academic” context
Image:Luigi Mangiagalli's statue, Ca' Granda, Milan 2.JPG|particular of the statue
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