The Malatesta Library is the only example of humanistic library perfectly preserved in the building, in the furnishings and in the library, as recognized the Register of the Memory of the World by UNESCO.
The idea of the library is attributed to the friars of the convent of Saint Francis, who had in mind to build one for the use of the studium, annexed to their convent since the fourteenth century. In 1450 is documented the first intervention of Novello Malatesta, lord of Cesena, who made his own the project of the friars and in their convent erected his library.
After crossing the majestic portal, the impression is that of being in a real "miniature church": the library has a plan with three naves, all three with vaulted vaults, the central barrel, cruise the side ones, a little wider and lower. The light, distributed from the archiacute windows, two per span, is divided into the side aisles, while the central nave, punctuated by twenty elegant columns with shield capitals and hanging leaves, is illuminated longitudinally by the large rear rose window.
In this spectacular and unique library are collected 343 manuscripts all datable between the fifteenth and seventeenth century.
The guided tour will take you back in time, letting you fall into the atmosphere of the Renaissance Cesena of Malatesta.
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