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Old August 26th, 2013, 02:25 AM   #721
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very good Tommolo.....
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Old August 29th, 2013, 02:03 AM   #722
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Thank you so much Highcliff!

Here you are one of the biggest basilicas in Milan, this is XVI century's Santa Maria della Passione:



the gorgeous mannerist tiburium and dome, in a Luigi Petrazzoli image.



and the interior elliptical window where light enters the long nave, mystical light...
in a Simon Monroe picture.

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Old August 29th, 2013, 02:37 AM   #723
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This one is called Abbey but it is not actually an abbey...it's Santa Maria la Rossa in Crescenzago...in the outskirts, a little town along the naviglio Martesana, surrounded by modern blocks, mantaining anyway its peculiarity.
The abbey was completed in the year 1140, here you are, all pictures are taken by wikipedia commons. The nave:





the original romanesque apsis fresco:





the choir is said to belong to a previous chapel from year 935 a.C.
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Old August 31st, 2013, 01:17 PM   #724
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Tomorrow is the day of the abbey in southern Milan, an area where you can find really lots of abbey from the year 1000: Chiaravalle, Viboldone, San Lorenzo in Monluč, Morimondo, Santa Maria in Calvenzano and San Pietro in Gessate are an unique system of abbey with a monumental density simply unthinkable anywhere else. The system awaits an UNESCO world heritage site nomination. To celebrate the richness of southern Milanese abbey system, here you are the gorgeous Santa Maria in Calvenzano:







the magnificent romanesque portal:

















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Old September 2nd, 2013, 03:55 PM   #725
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Sant'Antonio da Padova basilica (also a sanctuary).
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images by Giovanni dell'Orto:







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Old September 6th, 2013, 03:31 AM   #726
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Another early XX century ecleptic style church...this one is very original I think: San Gregorio, in the elegant Porta Venezia district.

the exterior:



the interiors:



(images taken from the website www.emmetisistemi.it)

The next pictures are all mine taken today:







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Old September 6th, 2013, 03:34 AM   #727
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Tomorrow is the day of the abbey in southern Milan, an area where you can find really lots of abbey from the year 1000: Chiaravalle, Viboldone, San Lorenzo in Monluč, Morimondo, Santa Maria in Calvenzano and San Pietro in Gessate are an unique system of abbey with a monumental density simply unthinkable anywhere else. The system awaits an UNESCO world heritage site nomination. To celebrate the richness of southern Milanese abbey system, here you are the gorgeous Santa Maria in Calvenzano:
Oh God. I will not repost all of the pictures - I love them all. I love this. I love this.
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Old September 6th, 2013, 10:50 PM   #728
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Thank you! Yes is very sweet...I guess it's their ancient atmosphere that bring in some sweetnes...an added value beyond their artistical and historical importance. In early times the light element was crucial to demonstrate he presence of the divine...the lights used to be filtrated through small windows, but their effects were very studied...light effects were the spectacular element of its solid ethernal romanesque horizontal structures...solid walls and metaphysical interiors...strong are the walls and the gates to access the heavens...only really good men can access it...
Anyway lights were also "created" when the style evolved, and we can assist to the amazing season of the baroque, that left many churches in Milan, even if Milanese "barocchetto" has always been less theatrical and more sober and minimalist than other baroque variations. One of the most "classical" italianate baroque interior church in Milan is anyway the San Francesco da Paola church, in via Manzoni, one of the most elegant fashon streets in central Milan.
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Old September 15th, 2013, 02:49 AM   #729
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Here you are some images I took about an ancient Abbey from the XIII century, with many many frescoes by the school of Giotto, the great painter. I think I can affirm that in some part you can really see part of the hand of the Master itself...the emotions in visiting such a magic complex so well preserved, an ancient town in the amidst of the Parco Sud Milano agricultural park...well, it just one of my preferred spot in the city. Just so soul inspiring. Really beautiful even if you don't think about the Giottoesque medieval gothic frescoes...
So this is Viboldone Abbey, in the parco sud/parco valle del ticino route of abbeys:

























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Now it's time to show you one of my favourite early XX century church.
This is the largest basilica in Milan built in stile Liberty/art nouveau style, and it's gorgeous to me, I hope you like it too! it stands very close to the neoclassical Arco della Pace built by Napoleon, but it just does not receive the touristical attention it would deserve. Another very big stile Liberty/art nouveau church is the near Santa Maria di Lourdes church, more ecleptical but with very nice frescoes on the inside too!
Let me show you the monumental Basilica del Corpus Domini:













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Old September 17th, 2013, 10:06 PM   #731
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A small video by Milanodavedere about the church of San Fedele, a mannerist jewel from XVII century very well preserved. In this church you'll only find elegance and a metaphysical, bright light. The best time to visit this church is around 11.30 a.m and 15.30 p.m., where light shines in its white marbles. It is considered an example of counter reformation church architecture, as it was built by saint Charles Borromeo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IOzR5mznpg

a detail of the late XVI century wooden scuptured confessionals:



image by wikipedia

The view from the entrance, focus on the sweetness of the white/pink stone of Angera:



isn't this a bright church? The architect is Pellegrino Tibaldi.

(image from Luigi Petrazzoli)
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Old September 20th, 2013, 12:30 PM   #732
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Santa Maria alla Porta church, the original church was already present in the XII century. This one it's from 1652, and it present an early baroque facade by the Richini and some elements from the great architect Borromini. The Santa Maria alla Porta (st. Mary of the Gate) refers to the fact that in this area in imperial Roman era there was a city gate. The church stand very next to some of the best preserved roman ruins of Milan, the imperial palace and the archeological museum with its two roman towers.

























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Old September 23rd, 2013, 01:59 AM   #733
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Sant'Ambrogio basilica, by Panoramio user Pierantoni:

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Thank you! Yes is very sweet...I guess it's their ancient atmosphere that bring in some sweetnes...an added value beyond their artistical and historical importance. In early times the light element was crucial to demonstrate he presence of the divine...the lights used to be filtrated through small windows, but their effects were very studied...light effects were the spectacular element of its solid ethernal romanesque horizontal structures...solid walls and metaphysical interiors...strong are the walls and the gates to access the heavens...only really good men can access it...


Very interesting. Yes, the light adds to the atmosphere of eternity on earth.
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Here you are some images I took about an ancient Abbey from the XIII century, with many many frescoes by the school of Giotto, the great painter. I think I can affirm that in some part you can really see part of the hand of the Master itself...the emotions in visiting such a magic complex so well preserved, an ancient town in the amidst of the Parco Sud Milano agricultural park...well, it just one of my preferred spot in the city. Just so soul inspiring. Really beautiful even if you don't think about the Giottoesque medieval gothic frescoes...
So this is Viboldone Abbey, in the parco sud/parco valle del ticino route of abbeys:




Exquisite.
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A small video by Milanodavedere about the church of San Fedele, a mannerist jewel from XVII century very well preserved. In this church you'll only find elegance and a metaphysical, bright light. The best time to visit this church is around 11.30 a.m and 15.30 p.m., where light shines in its white marbles. It is considered an example of counter reformation church architecture, as it was built by saint Charles Borromeo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IOzR5mznpg

a detail of the late XVI century wooden scuptured confessionals:



image by wikipedia

The view from the entrance, focus on the sweetness of the white/pink stone of Angera:



isn't this a bright church? The architect is Pellegrino Tibaldi.

(image from Luigi Petrazzoli)

The confessional is rich and imposing. It is a very bright church indeed. The beautiful altar is framed by and filled with light.

I enjoyed the video.
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Santa Maria alla Porta



I love the interior of the dome The church is a bit dark, probably should be restored like San Fedele
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Old September 24th, 2013, 02:05 PM   #738
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thank you all for your comments!

Well, San Fedele was built with very nobles materials like white and pink marbles...and it's much bigger and the project was by Tibaldi...it's true that santa maria alla porta is an ancient church and the facade was projected by Richini, but the interior is an adaptation to baroque of a church built in a previous style...and it's much smaller...
But of course it would shine if properly restored, it has some beautiful frescoes!
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San Lorenzo Maggiore paleochristian basilica in a picture from my Instagram profile:



Seems like springtime here in Milan huh?
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Now a triumph of the renaissance: Portinari chapel, with frescoes by Foppa, realized between 1462 and 1468.
Images by flickr user klausbergheimer.

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