Bologna Biblioteca Sala Borsa
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About Biblioteca Sala Borsa
This building of the former Sala Borsa was designated as a centre for culture and learning in 1989 although it retains an incredible tale of over 2000 years of history.
Directly under the glass floor are the Roman ruins of Bononia since 189 BC. Francesco Morandi, better known as Il Terribilia created the cistern in 1587 that would feed the water irrigation system for the gardens above these ruins while a Roman road dates back to the Augustan Age.
Other rooms here include an auditorium illustrating Art Nouveau frescoes and stucco decorations. It’s named after the architect Edoardo Collamarini. The glass roof represents one of the first examples in Bologna of a reinforced cement structure and therefore highlights an innovative design for its period. The children’s reading rooms were once part of the Cassa di Risparmio Bank in 1922.
The Sala Borsa ceased trading in 1903 due to a lack of business and was even used as a basketball court and a boxing ring during the war.
The eclectic style ceiling was designed to look like a timber roof and decorated with painted ceiling roses.
In 1360 the papal legates arrived here and this area was constructed into 35 houses, the Cardinal Legate’s viridarium and stables for horses. It was then referred to as the Palazzo Apostolico.
In the mid 1500’s architects Stefano Grandi and Morandi redesigned the interior of the stables adding two rows of Tuscan-style columns, thus creating the basilica form it still reflects today. It was even a military training camp until the end of the 19th century.
Opened to the public in 2001, the library is now stacked with thousands of volumes of literary material, audio, video footage, and modern study rooms.
Paola Foschi e Marco Poli, La Sala Borsa di Bologna, Bologna 2003.
Tiziano Costa – Marco Poli, Conoscere Bologna, Bologna 2005, p63.
Giuseppe Sassatelli, Cristiana Morigi Govi, Jacopo Ortalli, Francesca Bocchi, Atlante Storico Delle Città Italiane Emilia Romagna Bologna I, Bologna 1996, pp16-18, 26-28, 106-109.