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Loggia del Bigallo

The Loggia del Bigallo is a late Gothic building; tradition holds the site near the Baptistry of Florence was donated by a benefactor. This buiding is one of a dozen public loggias in the city, and is linked with 2 fraternities or companies dealing with local charity. The Compagnia della Misericordia, was concerned with the transport of the sick, burial of the indigent dead, as well as the care of orphans. The open loggia served to shelter lost children and unwanted infants who were abandoned to the care of the brotherhood,The Compagnia di Santa Maria del Bigallo or simply of del Bigallo, had been founded in 1244 by Saint Peter Martyr and formerly housed near Orsanmichele.



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