The building is now the main office of the Università Statale (State University), but for centuries it was a place where those in need would be welcomed and helped.
Filarete was the architect that started the construction, and he brought the new Renaissance style in Milan. The inside the building is exceptionally decorated to alleviate the suffering of the sick and gave them dignity and hope.
The tour can be completed with a visit to the basilica of SS. Nazaro e Apostoli, a church founded by bishop Ambrogio in the IV century, and the first western church to be built with a latin cross plan, that might have inspired that of the Ca’ Granda.