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Via Francesco Todaro

Palace of the University of Studies

LOCATION: Piazza Salvatore Pugliatti 1 DATING: 1927 DESCRIPTION: Destroyed by the 1908 earthquake, it was rebuilt in 1927 on a project by the architect Giuseppe Botto. The building complex consists of a series of buildings, some enlarged or built from scratch after the Second World War on a project by Eng. Francesco Basile. The elevations of the three buildings overlooking Piazza Salvatore Pugliatti reveal neoclassical characters with floral decorations. Next to the pavilions facing Via Giacomo Venezian is the walled door of the ancient Jesuit college built in 1604-1608, the first university in Messina and the first of the Sicilian religious organizations of the followers of Sant'Ignazio di Lojola.

CURIOSITY The portal of the Jesuit college is defined as a "Prototype", because it was the first portal built in the world by the Society of Jesus of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The Jesuit college was built on the site previously occupied by the Greek temple of Apollo

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