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Piazza Mercanti

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Piazza Mercanti

Piazza Mercanti is a picturesque square located a short distance from the Duomo. Although during the Middle Ages the square was the commercial and governmental center of Milan, today it is a pleasant medieval corner where you can see curious buildings.

Representative buildings

Piazza Mercanti preserves the medieval atmosphere of the past thanks to the curious buildings that surround it, since they continue practically intact. These are some of the most important:


Palazzo della Ragione: The imposing red brick building of Palazzo della Ragione was inaugurated in 1233 to house the courts of the city. At the bottom was the daily market of the city.

Loggia degli Osii: The striking building with large open arcades which is decorated with statues and coats of arms housed the offices of judges and notaries. From his balcony were announced different matters of public character, as the weddings, edicts or sentences.

Palazzo delle Scuole Palatine: During the Middle Ages this beautiful building became the most prestigious school in Milan, attended by many notable citizens of the time.

Casa dei Panigarola: The beautiful Gothic-style building which stands out for its striking pointed arches was the place where the ducal decrees were transcribed, although it currently houses a restaurant.

Palazzo dei Giureconsulti: On the outside of the square, in front of the Palazzo della Ragione, is the Palazzo dei Giureconsulti, seat of the Chamber of Commerce. The clock of the tower was the one in charge of indicating the commercial hours of the city during many years.

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