Palazzo del San Michele (Institute of St.Michael) Now Ministry of Culture

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Palazzo del San Michele (Institute of St.Michael) Now Ministry of Culture

This enormous palace is 335m long, 80m large, 25m high and occupies 27.000 sq.m.. It was built for some 150 years starting from 1676 till the beginning of the 19th century. The first part of the building was erected close to Porta Portese and grew bit by bit to the north where big church Chiesa di S.Michele (by C.Fontana) was built. In its building was included the body of previous church Chiesetta della Madonna del Buon Viaggio.

Palazzo del San Michele (Institute of St.Michael) Now Ministry of Culture, Rome
The palace was for a long time a seat of central organization conducting assistance activity of papal Rome dedicated to S.Michele. After the initiative of Sixtus V to give public assistance to mendicants of Ponte Sisto (where Ospizio dei Cento Preti was also built), it was one of the best ways to resolve the problem of pauperism. Roman Institute of St.Michael at the top of its development (beginning of the 19th century) picked orphans of both sexes, single women, old and handicapped people and beggars. This institution was created in 1679 by Tommaso Odescalchi some time before the pope Innocent XI Odescalchi became a pope and gave a notable impulse to this initiative by foundation of Hospice in 1693.
Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities
Later the Institute was favoured by pope Clement XI and his successors. Apart from the history of social assistance the Institute of St.Michael is profoundly connected to the history of art and most of all of Roman craftsmanship. Any kind of activity had its school or office in this building. The huge construction was created according to the projects of C.Fontana who built the central part and a big church, project of the prison for the juvenile offenders which became a model for the future prison constructions imitated in Italy and abroad. But in works participated also F.Fuga who erected the southern part of the palace on the square of Porta Portese including in it the women's prison; Nicolo Forti built an extreme northern part and L.Poletti finished construction of the church. After the hospice was transferred to locality Tor Marancia and was limited by assistance to children only, the palace was abandoned and only thanks to the State the works of restoration and maintenance were began in 1970. The building now is the seat of Ministero dei Beni Culturali e Ambientali (Ministry for Cultural Assets and Environments), the center of cultural initiatives and restoration of works of art.

About The Formation of Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali) [Source: Wikipedia]

The Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (Italian: Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali) is the ministry of culture of the Republic of Italy. It is based at 27 via del Collegio Romano, Rome, and the current minister is Giancarlo Galan.

It was set up in 1974 as the Ministry for Cultural Assets and Environments (Italian: Ministero per i Beni Culturali ed Ambientali) by the Moro IV Cabinet through the decree read on 14 December 1974, n. 657, converted (with changes) from the law of 29 January 1975, n. 5. The new ministry (defined as "per i beni culturali" - that is for cultural assets, showing the wish to create a mainly technical organ) largely has the remit and functions previously under the Ministry of Public Education (specifically its Antiquity and Fine Arts, and Academies and Libraries, sections). To this remit and functions it some of those of the Ministry of the Interior (State archives) and of the President of the Council of Ministers (state computer archives, publishing and diffusion of culture).

Palazzo del San Michele (Institute of St.Michael) Now Ministry of Culture
Via del Collegio Romano, 27
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Ripa (Circo Massimo-Bocca Verità-Aventino) (Roma centro)
Palazzo del San Michele (Institute of St.Michael) Now Ministry of Culture is Shown By "Map J Zone" As "23"
Tel.: Toll Free: 800 99 11 99, Public Relations Office: (+39) 06.6723.2980 .2990, MiBAC Switchboard: (+39) 06.6723.1, Press Office - MiBAC Tel: (+39) 06.6723.2341.

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