Biblioteca Fabroniana, Pistoia

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The Biblioteca Fabroniana is a public library, founded in 1726, and located on Piazzetta San Filippo #1 in Pistoia, region of Tuscany, Italy.HistoryThe library was founded in 1726 in a site adjacent to the church of Santi Filippo e Prospero. The basis of the collection was the library of the Cardinal Carlo Agostino Fabroni. Refurbishment of the building to hold the library began in 1722; the endowment conditioned that the library "always and forever serve with ease the public needs of the city. The cardinal's collection was transported from Rome to Livorno by two galleys commissioned by Pope Benedict XIII, and then overland to Pistoia. The library was first housed and administered by the Pistoiese Oratorian congregation. It was open to the public in 1730 and competed with the other large library of Pistoia, the.In 1810, following the suppression of the Oratorians, the administration moved to the City, and after the fall of the Napoleonic regime, to the Chapter of the Cathedral Chapter, as envisaged in the bequest of Fabroni. The Cathedral still manages the facility.Structure and CollectionThe building was refitted to make a library by Francesco Maria Gatteschi. The portal with the superiorly concave tympanum consisting of two half-arches, nestles the coat of arms of Cardinal Fabroni. The staircase entrance is decorated with quadratura frescoes, and opens to a large reading room, dominated by a statue of the cardinal by Gaetano Masoni. On either side of the entrance are two marble sculptures, depicting the "Birth" and "The Deposition" by Augusto Cornacchini. The scroll above the door threatens the curse of excommunication to any that steals a book from the room. The book stacks are two stories high, and at each corner of the room is a small reading cubicle.
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  • Nice library in the square area San Filippo, little publicized and consequently little known . Courteous staff, present a collection of ancient books. Call first to know schedules.
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  • The library, which unfortunately is semi unknown even among the pistoies, is an easily accessible and very well cared for place. With the extremely friendly staff guide, you can visit both the...
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  • The library is beautiful, unfortunately usually is closed to the public. Open on special occasions, sometimes on Sundays of the FAI
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  • impressive building, rich library
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