Thursday, August 18, 2011

Via Manzoni: n. 7

Our next stop on via Manzoni?
The ex-Hotel Continentale, street n. 7, at the corner of via Romagnosi....More......

Constructed in 1865 by Luigi Clerichetti, this façade trumpeted the triumph of the bank to the educated clients and passersby, inspiring trust.


Recalling the three-arched piers of ancient Roman triumphal arches, the façade offers entry past semi-hidden columns into fame, fortune, or at least a deep portico, now semi-closed with large panes of glass.

The interior of the building was heavily restructured in the 1980s to house the Banca Popolare di Bergamo, now UBI.

I took this snap with you in mind on the 29th of July, 2011, around 1-1:30 P.M., for your personal, non-commercial fun.

In the area of nn. 5 and 5/A on via Manzoni, on the other corner of via Romagnosi, where the building now sports a plaque commemorating the birth of the Italian writer Carlo Emilio Gadda, there once was the church S. Maria del Giardino (because of the green areas, whether fields belonging to the monasteries, or--after confiscation--the public gardens, just outside the medieval gate at the end of the street).


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