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Old April 6th, 2018, 11:32 PM   #1341
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This is one of the most difficult church to visit in Milan, since it's in a monastery, but here you are the pictures!
Santa Maria Bambina church, by architect Giovanni Muzio, very close to the Duomo cathedral of Milan, in Via Santa Sofia.
The ancient church and monastery was destroyed during World War II, and the new sanctuary was rebuilt by Giovanni Muzio in a Neo-Bizantinesque style between 1951 and 1953. It has paintings by Luigi Filocamo and Silvio Consadori. The mosaics on the apse are work of Achille Funi.
This little church has been visited by John Paul II in 1984.

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The interiors:

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The mosaics on the apse by Achille Funi, one of the biggest names in Italian modern art of the first half of the XX century:

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The chapel with the blood of John Paul II, the altarpiece painting is work of Silvio Consadori:

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Ancient side altars in the apse:

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The statue of Mary Child, whose the church is dedicated:

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The altar:

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The ex voto:

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The apse from the outside:

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San Lorenzo basilica, an example of central plan church dating back to late roman (not romanesque, roman!) era.

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The dome is 27 meters in diameter, one of the largest in the city together with Santa Maria della Passione, Santa Maria delle Grazie and San Carlo al Corso church:

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Looks like a reduced version of the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul, but this is actually one century and half older than the one in Costantinople...
Are you sure about that? Because I searched online and if this is the San Lorenzo church from Florence than it was designed by Brunelleschi in the 15th century. Whatever was there before was completely destroyed and rebuilt, maybe some parts incorporated into this church, but the current structure is 500 years old not 1500. I'm pretty sure about that.
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Old April 6th, 2018, 11:54 PM   #1343
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This is San Lorenzo alle Colonne church of Milan, and part of the structure is 1500 years old...The San Lorenzo from Florence is actually 500 years old, much younger than this, but are two different churches in two different cities...
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Old April 9th, 2018, 01:19 AM   #1344
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...And talking about ancient basilicas, one of the most important in the surrounding area of Milan is the Basilica di San Vittore in Arsago Seprio, one of the most interesting in northwestern Milan, because of many archaeological findings coiming from both prehistoric ages and high middle ages (Longobard kingdom of Italy).

During the Longobard era, here, at almost 44 kms north west of the Duomo cathedral of Milan, extremely close to what is globally known as the Malpensa Intercontinental Airport of Milan, a basilica was built during the fifth century. Later on, during the Archbishopry of Arnulph II of Arsago, who came exactly from here, the basilica was rebuilt. What we see today have been probably been rebuilt in early romanesque style in IX-XII century, probably by the Comacine Masters.

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The baptistry:

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Old April 9th, 2018, 01:28 AM   #1345
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...And now the interiors of this most interesting ancient basilica of San Vittore in Arsago Seprio.
Please notice the ancient roman columns and the beautiful capitols used on the inside, a really fascinating mix of styles, both from
imperial era and proto-romanesque era!

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Extraordinarily beautiful ancient roman corinth capitol:

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...And now the most important part of the compound, the interiors of the Baptistry, in this case surely designed by the Comacine Masters. In a word: amazing!

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The baptismal font:

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Old April 16th, 2018, 10:05 PM   #1347
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And after sooo many ancient church, let's see some other from the first half of the XX century. Let's start with this one, the Santi Naborre e Felice church, not faraway from the city centre.

This church was finished in 1938, just before the World War II, and the amazing ciborium was achieved in 1939, work of the artist Cornelio Torelli, a masterpiece of glazed terracotta.
The decorations and the frescoes on the inside, anyway, were finished only after 1958, work of Antonio Martinotti from the Beato Angelico art school.

The (austere) facade:

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The interiors:

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The counterfacade:

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The apsis:

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The amazing stained glass vault above the apsis:

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A side chapel beside the apsis:

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Another picture of the side chapels:

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The chapel dedicated to the saint Naborre and Felice, who were roman soldiers converted, here depicted with the classical lorica, the armour of the roman soldiers:

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The counterfacade:

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Details of the amazing ciborium:

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And this other is another example of monumental church in Milan from XX century. This is the Sanctuary of Santa Rita of Cascia, a very big and tall building, it is considered to be the biggest sanctuary in Europe dedicated to this saint.

Designed by the engineer Giuseppe Vitti, it covers an area of 1800 square meters, and its nave it's 25 meters tall on the interior, like for instance Lincoln cathedral or Salisbury cathedral (!!!).

It has a basilical plan (not cross shaped but rectangular) and its three naves are 28 meters wide in total and a total interior length of 69 meters.

The building of this church started on december 17 of 1939 and finished in 1954.

The decoration of the interiors has been achieved later, between 1960 and 1965. The wonderful mosaics, realized by the firm S.Sgorlon according cartoons of the Belgian artist (and father) Leo Coppens.

The exteriors, in plain Novecento style:

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The beautiful bronze gate is work of father Stefano Pigini:

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The interiors:

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The amazing apsis:

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here:

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25 meters high...

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Side nave...

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Golden mosaics on the apse:

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From the transept:

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The counterfacade:

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Santa Rita sanctuary part II, the mosaics:

On the side naves there is a number of mosaics that decorates the side chapels:

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The amazing baptistry:

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Let's see now not a church or a sanctuary but rather cloisters! This is the San Simpliciano basilica Main cloister, one of the biggest in Milan (measuring 34x35 metres, almost 1200 square metres of surface).
The main cloister has been built probably after 1559 by the architect Vincenzo Seregni and completed maybe after 1621 or 1623 by proto-baroque architect Francesco Maria Richini.

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The elegant twin columns in doric order. Notice how the twin columns are not aligned with the cloister but perpendicular to it, a usual solution for mannerist style cloisters.

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And now we'll see the more ancient lesser cloister of San Simpliciano basilica, built during Quattrocento, the XV century. Once it was decorated with frescoes of the Bergognone. Now only the decorations of the vaults (painted by an unknown artist) remain.

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Unluckily this cloister, usually closed to the public, was open for a design fair (the Milan "Fuorisalone") and it was full of design pieces that altered the view:

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The bell tower of San Simpliciano basilica:

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The beautiful "sgraffiti" decoration on the cloisters:

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Amazing:

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This little, delicious ancient romanesque church is very difficult to visit, since it is almost always closed. It is in the Bramante courtyard next to Sant'Ambrogio basilica, in very central Milan. I found it open for a prayer of Taizé, once in a month they keep it open for it, they say...that's a pity because this little church deserves more visit!

This most ancient church has been built maybe around XI century, making it thousand years old! It has been modified in the XV centtury, when a cross vault has been added as well as geomtrical decorations of "oriental" inspiration or even decorations inspired by the lombard style of 1300s.
This church was also known as Santa Maria Greca during the XII and XIII century.

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The interiors:

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Notice the celtic knots in the geometric decorations of frescoes of the vault.

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A beautiful painting in the apse, a "Virgin and the saints Sigismund, Desiderius, Peter and Ambrose", dating back to the first half of 1500s, yet much repainted later. Notice also the ancient altarpiece, showing geometrical decorations, maybe carved by Longobards artists during the VIII century.

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Details of the frescoes decorating the romanesque vault:

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The geometrically decorated altar, as earlier said maybe a little Longobard masterpiece from the VIII century?

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The celtic knot. It looks like a Leonardesque knot too? Who knows?

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A leonardesque knot:



The counter facade:

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A dedication stone:

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Other geometrical decoration, this time the David's Star:

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On the facade, a couple of ancient roman columns, maybe used in the ancient basilica of Sant'Ambrogio. This kind of marble comes from the greek island of Lesbos.

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Another amazing courtyard open for the Fuorisalone during the Milan Design Fair is the beautiful courtyard of the Archiepiscopal Seminary of Milan.
The archiepiscopal seminary was built here in 1565 by the great saint Charles Borromeo, back then achbishop of Milan, but this beautiful courtyard was built under Federico Borromeo, the other archbishop of Milan. It was started in 1602 by the architect Aurelio Trezzi and finished in 1608 under the architect Fabio Mangone. It's a huge courtyard, a square measuring 56 meters each side. Its twin columns are doric in the lower level and ionic in the upper level. It's clearly one of the main monument of the Counter-Reformation movement, so much promoted by the two Borromeo bishops of Milan. It's also one of the very few authentical "Palladian" buildings in Milan, it actually looks like a greek temple!

During the Fuorisalone fair it hosted the car firm Audi, that created a high-tech installation with water, lights and fog that was very fascinating. I'm sorry if the images have cars and fog covering the beautiful courtyard, but it's almost always closed and this was an occasion to see it open...

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Brilliant corner solution, sooo Palladian!

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Now we'll visit an ancient church in the outskirts of Milan, the Abbatial church of San Pietro All'Olmo, near Cornaredo, 14,2 kms west of the Duomo cathedral of Milan. This place is also famous for its Michelin-starred restaurant, "D'O", run by a World-class risotto master, the chef Davide Oldani, just in front of this church.

It is one of the most ancient church of all the Milanese area, since it was built upon a roman villa dating back to the 1st century, that is two thousands years ago. In the V or VI century, under the Longobard reign, the villa was transformed into a church, and the apsis of the villa was used as an apsis for the church. The church was then rebuilt in the X century, during Ottonian rule, the Longobard church was demolished and transformed into a latin cross shaped church with three naves. During the earthquake of January the 3rd of 1117, the ottonian church was heavily damaged, and it was rebuilt between 1117 and 1150 in Romanesque style, the one that we cas still see today. The facade is not the original: it has been rebuilt in neoromanesque style between the end of the XIX century and the early XX century.

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The interiors:

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The walls of the ancient Ottonian church:

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Traces of walls of an ancient roman domus, a roman house. A little church and two thousands years of history...

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The ancient ottonian walls:

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The altar:

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The organ on the counterfacade:

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(much deteriorated) side chapel:

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The tall bell tower:

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Santa Maria della Sanitā ai Crociferi church in central Milan.
Informally known as "the Cello" for its curved shape that reminds a musical instrument, this church is one of the very few elliptical plan churches in Milan, a building whose inspiration may be found in the works of the Roman baroque architects, like the Swiss-Lombard architect Francesco Borromini, just to name one. This church was designed in 1708 by the architect Carlo Federico Pietrasanta, but the facade have remained unfinished since then.

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The interiors:

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The big fresco on the ceiling, the "Assumption of Mary", by baroque painter Pietro Maggi (painted in 1717):

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The counterfacade:

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The apse:

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The original ancient floor:

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Detail of the fresco on the vault:

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Another last cloister, the Cloisters of the Umiliate, very close to Sant'Ambrogio basilica in central Milan, dating back to late 1400s this beautiful and quiet cloister have been restored and integrated in 1923.

A truly idyllic and peaceful place in the city centre!

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Ancient materials...maybe roman?

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The entrance of the chapel:

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The delicious well:

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This is what would seem actually a true ancient roman mosaics!

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And now a little jewel of the Neoclassicism, we're in Monza (14,8 kms north from the Duomo cathedral of Milan), where at the Villa Reale we can find a little but delicious chapel, built in 1777 by Giuseppe Piermarini, as all the Royal Palace, one the biggest in Italy.

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Giuseppe Piermarini was the pupil of Luigi Vanvitelli (van Wittel), the architect of the Royal Palace of Caserta. Piermarini is also known for the design of the La Scala theather, built in 1776-1778.

The stuccoes of the interiors are of the artist Giocondo Albertolli, one of the big names of Neoclassicism in Lombardy. The chapel was opened for a little but interesting exposition of a painting by Van Dyck on loan from the Capodimonte museum of Naples.

The exterior, on the left side of the facade:

20180424_170708 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

The interiors:

20180424_162447 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

Look the stuccoes from Albertolli. Masterpiece.

20180424_162528 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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The magnificent organ, built in 1825 by the Serassi firm of Bergamo.

20180424_163141 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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Detail of the organ, dating back to 1825.

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Always in Monza, we can find a delicious neogothic church from the architect Spirito Maria Chiappetta, we've met him before, he's a underrated genious, incredibly still unknown from much of the architectural critics, but he will surely be rediscovered anytime soon as one of the big names of italian neogothic and neo-medievalesque style.

The first church was built here in 1608, but it was rebuilt in neogothic style by our Spirito Maria Chiappetta in 1908.
The facade is at the moment under restoration, and I hope taht the interiors will be restored soon too, since they would deserve a refreshing.

The exteriors (taken from Wikimedia Commons, as I mentioned before the church is at the moment under restoration)





The interiors:

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Stained glass windows:

20180424_174815 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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The ambo:

20180424_174941 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

20180424_174954 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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The apse:

20180424_175131 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

The mosaics on the floor:

20180424_175232 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

20180424_175304 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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San Giulio church in Castellanza, a town near Varese, 28 kms north west of Duomo cathedral of Milan.

This is a big church, almost a basilica, with the tenth tallest campanile (or bell tower) in Italy, with 93 meters of height!
The original church was built between 1350 and 1380, but the one we see today is much newer, it has been built between 1926 and 1953 under the design of the architect Maggi, while the bell tower has been built in 1948. It's the third tallest bell in Lombardy, after the Torrazzo of Cremona cathedral (113 metres) and the bell tower of the Duomo of Lecco (96 metres).
This church has been built in a brilliant neoromanesque style of Lombard feature, with red bricks and pointed arches. A very well done piece of historicist architecture with majestic interiors worth a cathedral!

20180427_155926 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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The tall bell tower:

20180427_155958 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

The portal:

20180427_160023 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

The interiors:

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The beautiful alabaster windows on the side nave:

20180427_160309 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

The apse:

20180427_160354 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

The transepts:

20180427_160418 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

20180427_160429 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

The counterfacade:

20180427_160445 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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Traces of fresco decoration probably from the previous church:

20180427_161100 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

20180427_161048 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

The dome:

20180427_160719 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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20180427_160831 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

The amazing mosaics on the altar, they're venetian style mosaics created in 1932:

20180427_160917 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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The ciborium:

20180427_160929 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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The amazing alabaster windows:

20180427_161259_HDR by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

What light!

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The 93 meters tall bell tower!

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The dome of San Giulio church:

20180427_161621_HDR by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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The pretty neoromanesque apse:

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The campanile:

20180427_162204 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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San Celso church, near the Basilica of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, is located in central Milan, very close to the Duomo cathedral.
The first church was built here in the IV century, but it was later rebuilt in the XI century, in an early romanesque style.
In the year 1818, the church was "shortened" to the small size you can see today, and the facade was rebuilt using the original romanesque decoration of the previous facade in the years 1851-1854 by Luigi Canonica. The Lombard Romanesque bell tower (35 meters tall) is one of the most ancient in Milan, dating back to the XI century, and it's now visitable with a guided tour to book in advance.

The romanesque exteriors:

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The 35 meters tall ancient romanesque campanile:

20180408_153742 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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The view from atop the bell tower:

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The beautiful altar, made from an ancient roman tomb made with the precious Cipollino marble:

20180408_151554 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

The beautiful portal, with romanesque carvings dating back to the XII century, excellent work about the "Stories of St. Nazarius and St. Celsius", the fresco is work of the Cerano, late mannerist-early baroque Old Master:

20180408_151509 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

20180408_145559 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

20180408_145414 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

The simple yet elegant ancient romanesque interiors:

20180408_145037 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

20180408_145021 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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Beautiful ancient romanesque capitals:

20180408_144850 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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An ancient fresco, a "Madonna with the Child", dating back to XV century:

20180408_144747 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

20180408_144742 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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The apse:

20180408_144904 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

20180408_145032 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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Santa Maria basilica in Abbiategrasso, 22 kms southwest of the Duomo cathedral of Milan, started in the year 1365.

The Renaissance style facade, designed probably by the genius of the Bramante:

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The frescoes under the triumphal arch on the facade:

20180405_170708 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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The interiors:

20180405_170014_HDR by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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Side nave:

20180405_165607 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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20180405_170001_HDR by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

20180405_170041 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

The original rococo fresco decorations from the 1700s:

20180405_165553 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

The masterpiece of the church, a painting by the Old master Cerano, a big altarpiece of high quality:

20180405_165418 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

20180405_165343 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

A little but delicious fresco from early 1400s (I guess):

20180405_165404 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

The only one side chapel that keeps its original gothic style, decorated with wonderful graffiti, a typical Lombard decoration:

20180405_170230 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

Now this chapel is used as the baptistry.

20180405_170214 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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20180405_170056 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

A little chapel in the portico:

20180405_170837 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

20180405_170828 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

20180405_170852 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

The couterfacade of the chapel:

20180405_170958 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

A baroque painting:

20180405_171011 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

20180405_171019 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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