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Old May 13th, 2014, 01:04 AM   #901
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San Martino basilica, in Magenta, 23 km west of the Duomo cathedral of Milan. It is one of the largest basilica outside the municipality of Milan: it is 87 meters long, 30 meters wide and the dome is 57 meters high. It has been built in an elegant Renaissance revival style in XIX century, works started in 1893 and finished in 1901, but to complete the bell tower, that is the "camapanile", and the facade, we have to wait the year 1959:















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San Martino in Magenta basilica part II:






















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San Martino in Magenta part 3: the facade. It's completely made of precious polychromes marbles. It's priceless.



















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Another revival church, this time is Sant'Antonio da Padova basilica, very near to the Porta Nuova skyscraper district, to the Monumental Cemetery and Garibaldi railway station. It has been built in neo byzantine style, built between 1902 and 1906:











The facade in a photo by wikimedia commons user Pufui Pc Pifpef I:

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Old May 15th, 2014, 02:57 AM   #905
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Basilica of Sant'Eufemia. Originally this church was built in year 472 from the bishop Saint Senatore da Settala, then rebuilt in XV century and transformed in a rich neoromanesque-neobyzantine style from the architect Enrico Terzaghi in year 1870.






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The renaissance Biblioteca Umanistica, XV century, former monastry of Santa Maria Incoronata gothic church in corso Garibaldi:





And the beautiful gothic cloisters, we can see the apsis and the bell tower of the gothic church:







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San Carlo al Corso neoclassical church. This is the tallest dome in the city with 53 meters.

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Let's move some 30 km southwest of the duomo cathedral, in Vigevano, where we can find the neogothic Madonna di Pompeii sanctuary, finished in 1922 and projected by the architect Spirito Maria Chiappetta:























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Always in Vigevano, San Pietro Martire church, built between 1445 and 1480 in Lombard brick gothic style. The interiors are neogothic:









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San Martino in Magenta part 3: the facade. It's completely made of precious polychromes marbles. It's priceless.



Magnificent. I have never seen a facade quite like this.
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Always in Vigevano, San Pietro Martire church, built between 1445 and 1480 in Lombard brick gothic style. The interiors are neogothic:


Glorious.
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Thank you for all the kind comments!
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Since we're exploring the vast heritage around Milan, in the metro area, today we're going in a city that has a nicely well preserved historical centre, Lodi. The city is located 30 km south east of the Milan's Duomo cathedral.

This one is the cathedral of Lodi, built between year 1158 and year 1284:



The interiors are in Lombard romanesque style, but somehow I notice some similarities also with the famous cathedral of Modena, maybe for the tall central nave and the brick used. Here you are the interiors:







As you can see, this is one of the largest churches in Lombardy region and in Milan metro area.





The rhytm of arches and columns.

Gothic frescoes on the entrance to the vast crypt:



the crypt:



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...and this is what Lodi is famous for, the gorgeous, extremely gorgeous Tempio civico dell'Incoronata. This is one of the highest monument on Lombard Renaissance, it was started in 1488 by the architect Gian Giacomo Dolcebuono (that worked also for the charterhouse of Pavia and Santa Maria presso San Celso in Milan) and now shows amazing paintings by Callisto Piazza and also martino and Albertino Piazza. The Piazzas were the painters of Lodi. There are also four paintings by Bergognone. Here you are what you will find when you'll visit it!





More in detail:











The main altar, with a paintings from XIV century:



The organ:



Conversion of Saint Paul:



every single corner is frescoed or painted:





Lodi is very easy to reach from Milan, just take the S1 suburban line from Garibaldi station or many of the trains going south from Centrale station, they usually stops at Lodi. It takes just some 30 minutes or so.
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And we continue exporating the "crown of jewels" that we can find around Milan. This one we're showing is the real jewel of this crown. 30 kms south the duomo cathedral of Milan we can find the ancient capital of Longobard reign: Pavia. It is by far the most beautiful city in the 30 kms limits around Milan we've set. It shows a very preserved and big historical center of some 2 square kms that lies on the north side of the Ticino river. Some kms south we can find also the big Po river. It is interesting to notice that in Roman era times, Pavia was called Ticinum, because of the river.
You can reach Pavia easily from garibaldi fs train station with overground line S13 in 30 minutes. Why don't you enjoy a daytrip in Pavia? There's also the gorgeous Charterhouse!

We start this ride with the church that shows probably the most important piece of art in Pavia, the San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro basilica, where St. Augustin himself is buried, along with St Severin:









The Ark of Saint Augustin, an absolute masterpiece! This monumental tomb is a piece of art from the XIV century, sculptured in gothic style by the famous sculptors Comacine Masters (maestri comacini). The ark has a total of more than 150 statues sculptured in it.





Details of the interior vault of the ark!







breathtaking...awe inspiring...you name it, it's so freakin' gorgeous! I wanted to scream "bravo!" when I saw it for the first time!



More details...speechless!





I mean...come on!













ah...of course, this is the sacristy...I imagine the discussion about that space during the 1500s..."why don't we paint it with mannerist frescoes with grotesques?" "yeah, of course, we've got plenty of artists..."









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This is the best "hidden treasure" of Pavia. Near the Duomo of Pavia, we can see the most important church of 1500s, the Santa Maria di Canepanova, designed by Giovanni Antonio Amadeo:











Another two small churches.
San Marino church:



...and the former church of San Tommaso, with its gorgeous rosace:

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The dome of the Pavia cathedral is one of the tallest in Italy, with an height of 92 meters.







you can see the dome everywhere in the city:



The interiors of the Duomo cathedral of Pavia. Sorry for the low quality images, they're from some years ago, taken with a smartphone:













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San Michele basilica, originally built during the Longobard reign, now shows a later nave (year 189, definately not romanesque era) that reminded us the Sant'Ambrogio basilica, with its rythm of pillar and semipillar, of arches and semiarches, the light inside was...divine!



the stone used for the construction is arenaria, a sandy stone that suffers rains, here's the result, what a pity!













the light!











the crypt:











the silver cross, carolingian artwork. A masterpiece!



the mosaics of the zodiak, carolingian artwork:









side nave:



Sant'Ambrogio inspired?

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San Teodoro church, a little romanesque jewel:









frescoed interiors:





mosaics of the original floor, middle ages:











Frescoes from the XVI century painted by Bernardino Lanzani, titled "views of Pavia":



here we can view the castle of Pavia, today is still similar to that one painted there:



here's the historical centre of Pavia, painted during the renaissance:





the frescoes showing the histories of Saint Agnes:

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One of biggest basilicas in Pavia, and one of the finest example of Lombard brick gothic:





the huge nave:



the counter facade:



the side nave, with the many richly decorated chapels:











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