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Biblioteca Ambrosiana: Mailand, IT
"Founded by Cardinal Federico Borromeo, this great Library is situated in Lombardy and was one of the first to be opened to the public, thanks to the gesture of its famous patron (1609). Borromeo had conceived it as a centre for study and culture: it was in fact his wish that other institutions, such as the College of Doctors, the Fine Arts Academy and the Gallery, should flourish side by side. The Cardinal collected for his Library, which was named Ambrosiana after the patron saint of Milan, a large number of codices in Greek, Latin, Vulgar Latin and various Oriental languages. These manuscripts represent precious collections that come from religious institutions, such as the Benedictine Monastery at Bobbio, the Augustinian Convent of Santa Maria Incoronata and the library of the Capitolo Metropolitano of Milan, and also from such important private collections as those of Gian Vincenzo Pinelli, Francesco Ciceri and Cesare Rovida, all illustrious scholars and bibliophiles of the 16th century."