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This facility is recognized by and a member of the International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts (SIBMAS) and regarded as an important cultural and historical collection.
Located in the Centre of Rome, near the Teatro Argentina at Via del Sudario 44
00186 Rome, the Burcardo Library and Theatre Collection (an office of the Italian Society of Authors and Publishers) is housed in a late 15th Century building. Alongside the Library is a museum where one may view theatrical costumes, photos and set decoration. The reading room is open Monday through Friday, from 9.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. - closed on weekends, on holidays and in August.
A bit of very interesting Burcardo mansion (a.k.a. "Burckardt" mansion) history: The mansion that is home to the Library and Museum is actually built upon the ruins of Pompey's Roman theatre, the first masonry one in ancient Rome.
Johannes Burckardt was born in Nieder-Haslach, a village near Strasbourg, between 1445 and 1450. The old Latin name of his Alsatian native town was Argentoratum, from which they took his attribute of argentinensis (or argentinus). (Thus, the name "Argentina" in Torre Argentina is not a reference to the country Argentina; but is derived instead from this association with Johannes Burckardt and his homeland.) He was a scoundrel and convicted of theft and forgery in Strasbourg. His first Roman years are shrouded in mystery, though it is certain that Burckardt soon entered the Pope?s circle, accumulating richness, privileges and hopes of benefits. Burckardt was present at the laying of St. Peter?s basilica foundation-stone, on April 18th 1506. He died less than a month later. He was buried at St. Maria del Popolo?s church, but his tombstone was never found.
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