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Old June 12th, 2015, 03:50 AM   #1101
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Thanks Tommolo. Magnificent as always.
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Old June 12th, 2015, 04:11 AM   #1102
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Thank you so much!
Yes it's a small jewel that takes your breath away. Beauty does not need giant jewel cases, you can find Beauty also in small monuments along the way...it's amazing!

Now let's talk about the royal chapel of the royal palace of Milan, gothic in origin, it has been reworked until neoclassical era. It has been recently restored and now it's squeaky clean! A brand new church with more than 7 centuries of history...is small but as we said before, beauty finds comfortable small cozy places!

We're just behind piazza Duomo in super central Milan.

San Gottardo in Corte, built between year 1330 and 1336 in the area of what used to be the Royal Palace of Milan. Now the Royal palace is much smaller than it used to be and you can find the San Gottardo chapel behind the Royal Palace, and no longer inside of it...

The main entrance (the facade is now hidden by the monumental stairs of the Neoclassical royal palace:



The interiors:





During the restoration works:



Details of the interior, the "madonna dei dispersi" (madonna of the lost) by Romano Rui



The apse and the beautiful stained glass windows:



Details, this is the symbol of the Visconti house that ruled Milan:



more details, the neoclassical painting by Giuliano Traballesi, the "Assunta", or Assumption of the Virgin:







The counter facade and the restored Giottesque fresco:



The apse:



The Azzone Visconti monumental tomb by Giovanni di Balduccio, a gothic master:



Frescoes on the inside:



Traces of medieval gothic frescoes from a Giottesque painter:



Details of the decoration of the vault, in a beautiful and elegant neoclassical style. The royal chapel of San Gottardo was completely rebuilt in neoclassical style in 1770 by Giuseppe Piermarini, the architect of La Scala theater.







Details of the frescoes:



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A painting, a real masterpiece by the late mannerist painter Giovan Battista Crespi, called Il Cerano, representing San Carlo Borromeo (St. Charles):



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Old June 12th, 2015, 04:55 AM   #1103
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San Gottardo in Corte royal chapel part II.

This church is said to have the most beautiful bell tower in the city, the "Campanile delle ore" (the bell tower of the Hours, because here it was located the very first public clock). We do agree, an extremely elegant lombard brick gothic marvel!
The architect is Francesco Pecorari from Cremona that realized this masterpiece between the year 1330 and 1336. Francesco Pecorari have also designed the "ciribiciaccola" bell tower of the Abbey of Chiaravalle Milanese [see post #1099 in this thread] and the huge bell tower of the cathedral of Cremona, called "il torrazzo" (that can be translated somewhat as "the big big tower")


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Here you are the beautiful bell tower with the Duomo cathedral of Milan in the background:



Details of the Amazing tomb of Azzone Visconti, masterpiece of the gothic sculptor Giovanni di Balduccio:


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On the frieze, Azzone Visconti nominated imperial vicar by the empereor Ludwig of Bavaria:


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Old June 12th, 2015, 07:47 AM   #1104
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Italy has incredible churches!
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Old June 12th, 2015, 05:51 PM   #1105
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Magnificent view, two styles compared
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Old June 13th, 2015, 01:26 PM   #1106
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that restoration is exquisite, I guess the organization of the expo has given a boost to the cultural heritage of Milan
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Old June 13th, 2015, 02:16 PM   #1107
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thank you for your kinds comments!

Yes @Franciscoc the Expo definitely has shed some light upon the heritage of Milan, once overlooked in favour of the others italian cities of more immediate enjoyment.
This restoration was decided and financiated by the Museo del Duomo, the newly reopened museum of the cathedral, and it was a very quick and deep restoration that lasted 9 months only, with excellent results both aesthetically and and scientifically speaking.

The palatine chapel of San Gottardo in Corte may be linked very soon to the museums located in the Royal Palace of Milan, like the Museo del Duomo itself or the very beautiful Museo del Novecento.

We hope that this model of cohoperation of actors will be replicated many many more times around the city, also in the aftermath of the Expo!

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Old June 29th, 2015, 11:21 PM   #1108
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Sant'Antonio Abate church in central Milan, a splendid golden baroque jewel:







The frescoed vault:





























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Old July 10th, 2015, 01:29 AM   #1109
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San Martino Basilica in Magenta, near Milan:









the gorgeous carved marble facade:









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Old July 10th, 2015, 01:50 AM   #1110
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San Gottardo in Corte chapel, the palatine chapel of the Royal Palace of Milan:



The gothic era frescoes made by Giotto's fellow artists (and the author himself? Giotto was in Milan at that time...)







the beautiful neoclassical vault:







The Assunta by Giuliano Traballesi:



The San Gottardo Vescovo by Martin Knoller:



The masterpiece, the gothic Azzone Visconti's tomb, by Giovanni da Balduccio:













The sober dome:



The altarpiece:







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San Gottardo in Corte, part 2, the Royal Stage where the austrian kings assisted to the mass when in Milan:







The view of the nave from the Royal Stage:



Details from the Royal Stage of the decoration of the main nave, a neoclassical jewel:





The walls of the Royal Stage, connected directly to the Royal Palace:



Here, from this door, the royal court entered to the chapel Royal Stage:



Here's the balcony of the Royal Stage:





The details of the neoclassical decoration of the royal chapel, rebuilt under the design of Giuseppe Piermarini, the architect of the Royal Palace of Milan too. Also here, like in the Palazzo Reale, the neoclassical decorations was made by Giocondo Albertolli and Giuliano Traballesi.







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The facade is stunning! It looks like an amazing work from the renaissance period, but it's not
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Old July 10th, 2015, 10:16 AM   #1113
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Thank you for your comment!

Yes, the facade was the last thing built for this huge basilica, begun in 1893 and consecrated in 1903.
The facade was completed between 1932 and 1959, a really masterpiece of neo-renaissance architecture.
To tell you the truth I consider this church to be one of the finest italian neo renaissance churches, it's just so sincere in its renaissance spirit...more than one can be led to think this church is hundreds of years old...
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Old July 11th, 2015, 04:50 PM   #1114
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San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, to me the most beautiful church in Milan, even better than the Duomo cathedral IMHO...it has more than 4000 square meters covered with high level Renaissance frescoes dating back to the early 1500s, painted by lombard leonardesque authors like Bernardino Luini and sons, the Piazza brothers and so on...a true world-quality Renaissance jewel! Let us all enjoy it!

The public hall:





























A very beautiful basrelief in the "apsis" of the public hall, that is the frescoed wall dividing the public hall from the nuns hall:



Walking from the public hall to the nuns hall:







details of the neogothic decorations of the vault:



A fresco clearly inspired by the Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci, very near:







Baroque addings:



Going to the nuns hall...



it will continue on the part II of this reportage...
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San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore church, here goes the nuns hall:























The last supper:



The most beautiful Organ:







The carved wooden choir:











The most decorated vault:











That's it...I hope you have enjoyed it!
All the pictures are mine with the help of Angie, my girlfriend!
(that's because you may notice an higher quality in the pictures this time hihih!)
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Old July 12th, 2015, 11:38 PM   #1116
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The Convento dell'Annunciata in Abbiategrasso, my hometown , 22 kilometers southwest of the Duomo cathedral of Milan, a very beautiful monument dating back to Reinassance, filled with excellent frescoes by Leonardesque author Nicola Mangone, called the Moietta, that painted them in year 1519:



The raza sforzesca, a very used symbol of the Sforza house:



Here comes the Renaissance frescoes, on the apsis, and more baroque frescoes on the triumphal arch:









Pure magnificence:



The a-ma-zing vault of the apsis:



wow!











The signature of the artist, Nicola Mangone, the Moietta:







how beautiful are these frescoes, 500 years old!



The amazing "flee to Egypt"...full leonardesque mood, look at the colours...



A renaissance fantasy view of the Castle of Abbiategrasso:



Details, and the date of the end of the works, Octuber 1519:



the vault of the apsis is oh so beautiful!



Saint Peter the Martyr, with the hatchet in his head:



More details, look at the Leonardesque "sfumato" by the Moietta...highest quality renaissance frescoes here!



The view from the apsis towards the countefacade, here you can see the wooden trusses on main nave, just before the triumphal arch of the gothic arch:



All pictures are from my Girlfriend, Angie Mendez
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Garegnano charterhouse, the "Certosa di Milano":



As you can see, the church is dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption:





The amazing interiors, even if the church building have been started on september 19 of the year 1349 by Giovanni Visconti, now the church shows a late Renaissance looking, given by the works of restoration started in the year 1562.







The amazing frescoes of the ceiling have been painted by Daniele Crespi, mannerist painter.



The main altar:



The crucifixion by Simone Peterzano, the master of Caravaggio:







A side chapel:







Another side chapel:





Other images of the facade:



The basrelieves of the facade:



The Assumption of the Virgin:



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San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, picture found in Milano da vedere's facebook page and shot by Angelo Foto Rainbow:

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The duomo di San Nicoḷ, the Lecco cathedral, on the Lago di Como lake.
The neoclassical looking is due to the huge works of reconstruction led by Giuseppe Bovara between 1831 and 1862.







The narthex with the organ and the counter facade:





The dome:



The nave seen from under the dome:





The frescoed vault of the narthex:



The ambon:



One of the side chapel of ancient church still remains:



Traces of romanesque frescoes:





The vault as seen from the altar:



The external campanile, or bell tower, is one of the tallest in Italy with an height of 96 meters, like a 25 storey tower.





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The duomo di San Giovanni Cathedral in Monza, a beautiful historical city between the northern suburbs of Milan.
The building of the cathedral begun in the year 1300 and continued until the year 1681 (that's why the interiors shows have been decorated in a clearly baroque style).



Restoration works on the facade. The facade itself is very similar to the duomo cathedral of Milan:





The bell tower, 79 meters tall, one of the tallest in northern Italy:



The marble knitworks gothic entrance, as you can see there is a Saint Johns statue above the main entrance portico, this cathedral is dedicate to him, to San Giovanni:



The baroque interiors:



The frescoed dome:



The counterfacade:



Unluckily, I wasn't allowed to shoot the pictures to the real artistical treasure of the cathedral, the Chapel of Teodolinda, one of the highest point of late gothic and early reanssance style frescoes in northern Italy, painted by the Zavattari family, an absolute masterpiece recently restored that literally takes your breath away. There you can find also the world famous Corona Ferrea, the legendary crown of the kings of Italy and all the emperors of Europe, from the romans empereors like Constantine to empereors like Charles V or Redrinand I of Austria, Charlemagne or Napoleon. I will write an article about it soon to let you enjoy the full story with a selection internet-taken images!

For more information about the works of the Zavattari painters in the Chapel of Teodolinda, you can see lots of images here in this post (in italian, sorry).

Another beautiful church in Monza, the Santa Maria in Strada church, with a facade restored in a lombard brick neogothic style by the architect Carlo Maciachini in the late XIX century:



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