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Albergo dei Poveri, Genoa

Albergo dei Poveri - Genoa, Italy
Albergo dei Poveri
Piazza Emanuele Brignole, Genoa, Italy 16125Map
+39 010 24 451
Neighborhood: Castelletto

The building stands in a dominant position at the top of an impressive stairway and its imposing façade is unmistakable due to the large Genoese coat-of-arms (a red cross on a white background). It was built between the beginning and the middle of the seventeenth century under the patronage of Emanuele Brignole as one of the first charitable institution for the emerging poor in Italy. The quadrangular building has four courtyards which pivot around a church in the shape of a Greek cross. This allowed the various groups of sick people to follow the religious services from every part of the institution as they were divided according to sex and social position. Part of the building is currently used for long-term patients, and another part houses the Faculty of Political sciences. The large extent of land to the rear contains several nurseries and greenhouses.

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