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This ancient building, dating back to the 1200s and completed in the 1600s, is really rather lovely.
It houses part of the Museo Storico (about the history of Bergamo) but I did not go into the museum this time: I wasn't in a museum mood.
I just wandered the cloisters instead. The museum has an entrance fee, but the cloisters are free and really very peaceful. The second cloister also has yet another set of superb views.
There are two sets of cloisters: the Cloister of the Ark, used in the 1300s as a cemetery leading to the Cloister of the Well. Both are frescoed, although some of these are in poor condition. The frescoes in the Cloister of the Well date from the 1700s (earlier frescoes were destroyed when renovations took place in the 1700s) but there are some from as early as the 1300s in the cloister of the Ark.
There was once a third set of cloisters too, but it has been replaced with a terrace which has fantastic views to the north-east (and much birdsong).
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