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Old January 22nd, 2015, 04:04 PM   #1041
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Viboldone gothic abbey, in San Giuliano Milanese, 11.5 kilometers south of the Duomo cathedral of Milan, it's one of the 7 abbeys in the southern area of the city.
Which are the others?
Viboldone, Chiaravalle, Morimondo, Monluè, S.Maria in Calvenzano... these are the ones that I can remember, but probably my memory lacks of two.
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Old January 25th, 2015, 05:26 AM   #1042
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Hi! Thanks for the comment! There are also Mirasole abbey near Opera and also San Pietro in Gessate near the Tribunal building of Milan, in the city center

You can find a lot more of information in the official website of the "route of the Abbeys" of Milan, here:

http://www.stradadelleabbazie.it/str...bazie/en/#pag4
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Old January 26th, 2015, 03:11 PM   #1043
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San Magno basilica in Legnano, some 25 kms northwest of the Duomo cathedral of Milan.
The San Magno church is a Bramantesque Renaissance building started in 1504 and completed in 1513, and consecrated in 1529.
The project is probably from Giovanni Antonio Amadeo or Tommaso Rodari according a drawing of Donato Bramante himself, who wasn't able to follow the work of the church because of the calling of the Pope that wanted him to work in Rome. The San Magno church has been rebuilt in Renaissance after the collapse of a previous romanesque church dedicated to San Salvatore, whose campanile or bell tower still remains on a side of the building.






Plan of the church:



The artistical jewel of the church, the altarpiece by Bernardino Luini, one of the biggest name in Renaissance Lombardy and a follower of Leonardo da Vinci:



If this is not a masterpiece, then I don't know what could be.

(until now, every picture has been from wikimedia commons)

The apsis and the altarpiece of Luini...wonderful!



(from the webpage www.parrocchiasanmagno.it)

the most beautiful interior of the church, please scroll because it is a large image:



(from the website www.carlofrigerio.com)

The magnificent central dome, dominating this gorgeous renaissance central plan building:



(from Panoramio)

Another image of the apsis:



(from the webpage www.altomilaneseinrete.it)

From now on, all the pictures are from the official webpage of San Magno di Legnano basilica (www.parrocchiasanmagno.it):

The vault grottesque frescoes are from Gian Giacomo Lampugnani, painted in 1515. These Grottesque have been called by art historian
Eugène Müntz "The most beautiful Grottesque frescoes in Lombardy", and we do agree with him, they're actually gorgeous!





Details of the lantern and the top of the dome:



The vault of the apsis, you can see the top of the altarpiece of Luini, while the frescoes are from Bernardino Lanino, another late renaissance-mannerist painter:



Renaissance frescoes on the left part of the presbyterium, by Bernardino Lanino, year 1562-1564:



And most beautiful Renaissance frescoes on the right part of the presbyterium by Bernardino Lanino, year 1562-1564:



The basilica as seen from the top of the dome, you can see the marble floor posed in 1700s:



The most elegant Renaissance frescoed interiors are breathtaking!



...and a last one:



Detail of a fresco from the interiors, on a side chapel, the "enthroned Madonna and saints" from Giangiacomo Lampugnani, XVI century.



(image from wikimedia commons)

And a baroque fresco, the Assumption of the Virgin from Francesco and Giovan Battista Lampugnani, XVII century:



(image from wikimedia commons)

Going out of the church, on a side of the building, we can appreciate the remaining romanesque campanile or bell tower of the previous church, the romanesque San Salvatore church:



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Old January 26th, 2015, 11:02 PM   #1044
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San Camillo de Lellis neogothic sanctuary, designed by the great "medievalist" architect Spirito Maria Chiappetta in 1900 and completed in 1912. Focus on the rose window above the main vault, a sort of big eye, a very original element.


Behind the apse, you can walk upon a stair and reach the Chapel of the Madonna della Salute (Madonna of the health), where you can find a pretty neomedieval painting and a window where you can see the whole church from "above", very beautiful. Spirito Maria Chiappetta, the architect, used this solution also for other neogothic churches he designed, like for instance the Madonna di Pompeii church in Vigevano that we saw earlier this year (see post number #908 of this forum or click here)
If you like this kind of neo-gothic brick churches I suggest you to visit in the nearbies of Milan, the Santuario del Crocifisso in Desio (MB), the Santa Maria degli Angeli church in Monza and the Santuario della Madonna di Santa Valeria in Seregno (MB) that were designed by the same architect, the priest Spirito Maria Chiappetta, and have also mainly the same external features.
Spirito Maria Chiappetta is also the architect of the famous Santuario di Nostra Signora della Guardia in Tortona (AL) and of the abandoned church of San Luigi in Merate (LC)
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Old January 26th, 2015, 11:30 PM   #1045
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Hi! Thank you for your suggestions. Of the churches you mention, I have only had the chance to see the one in Monza, that unluckily I would say
it needs restoration, since the interiors are a little bit damaged I guess. Someday I'll visit also the others one, I'm sure!

This is a HD image of the masterpiece of Sant'Ambrogio basilica, the golden altar of Vuolvinius, carved between the year 824 and 859 under the
direction of the Magister Phaber Vuolvinius, it represents one of the highest achievement in Carolingian art. It has been created during the
restoration/rebuilding of the basilica of Sant'Ambrogio in Milan decided by the archbishop Angilbertus II. The artist Vuolvinius was represented in
the carvings as offering the Golden Altar: this is one of the very first example of the superation of the Auctoritas. The magister phaber is
considered to be enough good to stand up with the greatest personalities of the past. The quality of the goldsmith detail is just astonishing.
The front golden side of the altar measures 120 cm X 220 cm.

Enjoy it!



BAM! Sorry if all this beauty caused you eyesore!
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Old January 30th, 2015, 04:36 AM   #1046
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The little and cosy ancient romanesque church of Santi Re Magi, in via Palmanova, outside of the city center...





The fresco of the apsis, not a medieval one of course...



Picture published in Facebook by Emanuele Mario Tempesta
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Old February 8th, 2015, 05:11 AM   #1047
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Santa Maria di Piazza church in Busto Arsizio, near Varese, some 30 kms nothwest of the Duomo cathedral of Milan.
The church has been built in a typical renaissance central plan style crowned by a dome that has a sort of Bramantesque flavour in it.
The hand of Bramante on the project is very hard to prove since in the years of the building of the church, started in year 1517, Donato Bramante was already in Rome and no longer in Lombardy. Two names appears in the documents of that period: Antonio da Lonate, author of the model of Vigevano cathedral, not faraway from Busto Arsizio, and Tommaso Rodari, a follower of Giovanni Antonio Amadeo that may have worked also in another bramantesque central plan church, the very close San Magno basilica of Legnano.





The very elegant interior:







The dome:







The beautiful tryptic of the Assumption of Gaudenzio Ferrari, a jewel artwork from the Renaissance, dating back to year 1539-1540:



Details of the masterpiece of Gaudenzio Ferrari:





The beautiful baroque "Madonna dell'Aiuto" statue, (Virgun of the Help), sculptured by Fabrizio de Magistris in year 1602.







The very renaissance bramantesque portal:



another exterior image:

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Old February 11th, 2015, 02:20 PM   #1048
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wow... so amazing! Which one of these cities (Monza, Crema, etc) would you suggest is the best day trip from Milan? I mean, if you only had time for one... I know...difficult choice!
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Old February 11th, 2015, 02:34 PM   #1049
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ahaha! The million dollar question! Well, I would say that Bergamo (with its walled città alta, a excellently preserved medieval city at the top of a hill) and Pavia with its castle, its historical university and its charterhouse are the main attractions in the area...Monza, Crema and Cremona (the city of the violins and Stradivarius) are excellent options too, with great cathedrals and monuments, other cities are smaller, but have an interesting architectural heritage too...
But many people just go to Como, Lecco, Arona and go to see the Alpine lakes, each one maximum 1 hour away from Milan, that draws the vast majority of the tourism for their enchanting scenery...but my mission here is to demonstrate them that there's more heheh!
I've done many articles about Pavia, but none about Bergamo, I'll may write about it soon!
Thanks for commenting Al!
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A very beautiful vintage image of the Sant'Eustorgio basilica in Milan, one of the biggest romanesque basilicas in Milan, a very important monument.



Image published by SSC Italia user Mediolanum

On the extremeright of the picture, you can see the Portinari chapel, an amazing Renaissance chapel frescoed by Vincenzo Foppa:

Here you can see the vault of the chapel:



Another little gothic chapel:



Archeological remainings of the apse of the paleochristian church:





All the last four pictures have been shot by Mariarita Martello and published on the Facebook page "Antichi Borghi, Abbazie, Monasteri e Santuari d'Italia", a very interesting facebook page!
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Santi XII Apostoli Basilica in Lodi Vecchio, near Lodi, some 26 kilometers southeast of the Duomo cathedral of Milan.
This is a very important and ancient basilica, the Basilica Apostolorum, also called Basilica of San Bassiano. This is because San Bassiano, the first bishop of Lodi (or Laus Pompeia, as it was called back then in late roman era) consacrated it the 1st of January of the year 378 of our Era. In that occasion there were presents also Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, and San Felice, bishop of Como. Only 65 have passed from the Edict of Milan, or Act of Tolerance, that legalized christian religion in the Roman empire.
Laus Pompeia was then destroyed twice around year 1000 by the Milanese army, but the basilica was not destroyed. The new Lodi was built some 6 kms away from what would eventually be called "Lodi Vecchia", as it is known today. What we see now is an amazing example of the rebuilding of the Basilica dating back to XiV century, made in brilliant Lombard Brick Gothic style. There are also some neogothic elements dating back to the late XIX century restoration.

Exteriors:



Pictures found in Flickr shoot by Ruggero Poggianella.



















Interiors:











All these pictures are from the Facebook page "Antichi Borghi, Abbazie, Monasteri e Santuari d'Italia".

Others images of the interiors:



Image from the webpage www.animatedweb.it







Side image of the Basilica:



All the last four images are found in Flickr, credit goes to Ruggero Poggianella.
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Exquisitely beautiful interiors.
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Thank you very much Timothy!

Santa Maria della Sanità, or dei Crociferi. It shows a very rare XVIII century convex facade with an elliptical nave. It was built for the order of the Crociferi of Saint Camillo de Lellis. The construction started in 1694 and only finished in 1760 by design of Giovan Battista Quadrio with help of Carlo Federico Pietrasanta.

Here you are the pictures:



The interiors.
The elliptical plan shows similarities with Sant'Andrea al Quirinale by Bernini in Rome, here's a picture of Sant'Andrea:



And this is Santa Maria della Sanità in Milan:



















The beautiful fresco at the center of the vault, by Pietro Maggi, year 1717:













We have talked about this church also on this post.
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Sant'Agostino little church, some 100 meters away from the huge Sant'Ambrogio basilica. Here it is said that Saint Ambrose baptized Saint Augustin, the night of the Holy Saturday of year 387 d.C. The facade and the interiors have been rebuilt in 1600s by the great baroque architect Francesco Maria Richini.







A well...is this the baptistry of the paleochristian basilica of Sant'Ambrogio?



Detail of the XVIII century fresco showing Saint Augustine painted like a roman, a pagan, while receiving a book (by Saint Ambrose?)







a beautiful (mannerist?) capitol:



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San Pietro al Monte, Civate, Lecco. This ancient romanesque church has a carolingian origin. It is said that here in year 722 the Longobard king Desiderius wanted a chapel to celebrate that his son Adalgis regained his sight after a chasing accident. The most ancient reference of the existence if this church dates back to IX century. In the year 1097 the bishp of Milan, Arnolfus, was buried here. It is believed that Arnolfus lived the last years of his life here, probably promoting the decoration of the interiors of this church that we can still see nowadays. The quality standard and the artistical level of the decorations are just too high for a rural church.

This place is just breathtaking, it has an amazing view on the Alps and the Lake (this is the Lake Annone, one of the minor lakes of Lombardy). Here you can see the very characteristic peak of the "Resegone", a mountain shaped like a saw ("resegà in lombard language means "to saw").



We're just 40 kms northeast to the center of Milan.

You can reach this romanesque jewel walking up an idillyc hill standing 630 meters high.

San Pietro al Monte di Civate is considered to be one of the most important example of romanesque art in Lombardy. Not much in architectural terms, but more related to the frescoes and the symbology of the sculptural decorations of the church.

The church is Carolingian in structure, so it had two entrances, one on the east and one on the west. This is the east entrance, the main one, unlikely many churches that had the the entrance on the western side.

The main entrance:





The full complex:



And this is main portal:



the external cleristorium, from Panoramio:



global scene of the external cleristorium:



Let's go inside to see the masterpieces hidden in this church:

At the entrance, a vault is covered with a very interesting fresco, one of the most ancient romanesque frescoes in Europe, dating back to XI century (we're around the year 1090s).

This is the Heavenly Jerusalem, from an unknown artist, year 1090 circa:



Another romanesque fresco on the counterfacade, this time representing the Apocalipsis, year 1090 circa:



Full scene of the couterfacade:



as you can see, the eastern entrance has two side little apsis on the right and on the left of the main entrance. Beautiful are also these twirling columns.



Mithological animals sculptored on the entrance of the church, between the twirling columns seen above. They are represented as if they were escaping from the church. The church is, infact, in the christian symbology, the place of God, and there is no place for pagan mythological beasts. These carvings are from 1090s too.

The chimera:



The griffin and the lion:



details of the frescoes on the vault in the fron of the little side apsis on the entrance seen above.



Some details of this fresco on the couterfacade. Here you can see the saints fighting against the dragon, representing the Evil:



Another detail, representing Saint Micheal Archangel dressed up like a perfect roman legionary leading the fight against the dragon. Right to St. Micheal you can see a saint putting a child on the Sacred Almond of thre Christus Panthocrator: this represent the Baby Jesus being keep in safe even in the Apocalipsis. A second child, representing humanity, awaits the salvation below, very next to the dragon.

the detail of the dragon:



Detail of Jesus being kept in safe in the Sacred Almondof Christus Panthocrator:



The right side of the fresco representing the saints fighting the dragon:



The eyes. The faces:



The magnificent ciborium, end of XI century:



Details of the decoration of the ciborium, with the scene of the Traditio Simboli, that is Jesus giving the keys of Heavens to St. Peters and the Book to St. Paul.



The crucifixion on the ciborium:



frescoes even below the vault of the ciborium. This one represents an angel.



And the most beautiful crypt:



stuccoes from XI century on the crypt:



Details of the dormitio verginis:



A most beautiful capitol in the crypt:



the lower church, St. Benedict:



the apsis of the St. Benedict church:



the altar of the St. Benedict church. Here too the face of Jasus has been deleted during the iconoclastic fury era.



the breathtaking view from the entrance:



An interesting video about San Pietro al Monte (in Italian)

http://www.expo.rai.it/il-monastero-...etro-al-monte/

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some others images of the San Pietro al Monte in Civate complex, found on Fcebook page of Fabio Bortolussi:







The entrance:



The crypt:





Celtic carvings beside of the basrelief of the Crucifixion:



Frescoes on the vault of the main entrance:







The magnificent ciborium:





The main altar of the St. Benedict chapel (the lower one):



Another romanesque fresco of a st. Peter:



Some more details, windows on the cleristory:



the ancient door:

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I've enjoyed it. Such a beautiful and mystical place.
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Thanks for your comments dear readers! Yes that place have definitely somewhat of a mystical aura around it. There are places in our planet that are just so rich of beauty that you just want to sit there and relax in awe and inspiration. These are called mystical place, place with a sort of an aura: this is one of these places! I hope you someday will enjoy it in a visit!
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Let's get back to Milan city centre! This is the "Salone degli Affreschi" (hall of the frescoes) of the Santa Maria della Pace, that once was the refectory of the Convent of the Santa Maria della Pace church. Now it is used for interesting events by the Società Umanitaria. The frescoes represents a XV century high renaissance Frescoes, that should be compared to the one painted by Montorfano on the opposite side of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci in Santa Maria delle Grazie.

This one is from Santa Maria della Pace convent:



And this is the Montorfano's one in Santa Maria delle Grazie, opposite to Leonardo's masterpiece:



These are the "Chiostri dell'Umanitaria", the cloisters of the Società Umanitaria:



The elegant renaissance frescoed vault:



Details of the decoration:





Details of the columns of the cloisters:



All pictures found in the Milano da Vedere's Facebook page.

And to conclude this post, here you are the picture of the Santa Maria della Pace church, in the typical Lombard brick late gothic style:





(pictures from wikipedia)

The interiors are very symilarly decorated to the main nave gothic portion of Santa Maria alle Grazie, this church has been built between 1476 and 1497 by the same architect: Guiniforte Solari.



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