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Palazzo della Sapienza

Although the University of Pisa began in the 13th century, it did not have a home. It was officially founded in 1343, when it was recognised by Bull of Pope Clement VI. After an interruption caused by the Florentine conquest of Pisa in 1406, Lorenzo il Magnifico reinstated University studies in the area of the 14th century Piazza Nuova del Grano, that for this reason was moved to the present-day piazza delle Vettovaglie. The foundation deeds of the La Sapienza building as Headquarters for the University date from 1472 but work on re-structuring the buildings in this area only began in 1493 and was completed in 1543 by Cosimo I.



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