Bologna's central library has been housed in the Salaborsa, just off Piazza Maggiore at the Neptune statue since December 2001. Under the crystal floor of the covered square, a platform that is suspended both in space and time guides us along a stimulating stroll through history.
The Roman basilica's foundations and walls were created during the 16th century. Next to the basilica's foundations are remains of an ancient road pavement dating back to the Augustan age. You can also see to creek water wells that were intended to serve the city's inhabitants.
Between 1883 and 1886 a pavilion in cast iron and glass was built, which still stands today, in its original layout that is illuminated by a skylight. In the 1920's, the municipal government authorized the use of Salaborsa as a bank for 50 years to re-embrace the city's past as a center for business transactions and exchange.
No fee for admittance, just a donation for restoration.
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