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Old April 29th, 2018, 10:25 PM   #1361
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We're in Meda, a small city in the northern outskirts of Milan, located 22,5 kms north of the Duomo cathedral of Milan
This is San Vittore church, very similar to one of the most beautiful churches in Milan, San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore.
It's set in a nice and well preserved corner of the historical region known as "Brianza". This plaza on atop of a hill really looks like what rural Lombardy used to be in the past centuries. The church was originally built as a part of one of the most ancient Benedictine Monastery of all the region, founded in the year 830. It was then rebuilt by the Renaissance architect Gian Giacomo Dolcebuono, the same architect of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore in central Milan. This church was finished in the year 1520, but the facade was rebuilt in late baroque style in the year 1730.

Incredibly beautiful are the frescoes on the inside, work of Bernardino Luini and his school of Leonardesque painter, including Bernardino's sons Aurelio, Evangelista e Giovan Pietro Luini.

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The amazing interiors:

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The "Madonna del rosario" fresco, school of Bernardino Luini, a Renaissance old master:

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The superb Renaissance wooden sculptures about "Crying over dead body of Christ", made by Cristoforo Prestinari or Andrea da Milano:

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Detail of the wooden sculptures:

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The amazing vault, a masterpiece of Renaissance style decoration, work of Cesare Cesariano:

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The altarpiece, painted by the old master Giovanni Battista Crespi, known as "Il Cerano", painted in 1626 during a visit of the archbishop of Milan Federico Borromeo:

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The altar of Aimo and Vermondo, the historical founders of Meda around the year 800 a.C., threatened by many boars and saved by San Vittore, to whom this church has been dedicated

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Details of the menacing boars:

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The counterfacade:

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Detail of the "Madonna del Rosario" fresco of Luini's school:

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The altar of San Charles Borromeo, dedicated to him in occasion of the archbishop of Milan in Meda in the year 1581.
The clothes are still the original, almost 500 years old!

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The original baroque fence:

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The altarpiece of the Cerano:

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The altar:

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Old May 1st, 2018, 01:22 AM   #1362
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San Magno basilica in Legnano, 25 kms north east of the Duomo cathedral of Milan.
It has been built in Lombard renaissance style probably by the great architect Donato Bramante, one of the biggest names of all Renaissance
(later he was called to Rome to build...well...the Saint Peter's basilica and he had the idea of the dome!).
The dome has amazing decoration made by the Renaissance master Gian Giacomo Lampugnani.

Other frescoes covers the entire basilica, made by Evangelista Luini, Bernardino's Son, and Bernardino Luini.

The exteriors:

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The interiors:

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The main altar:

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The amazing altarpiece of Bernardino Luini, according to many, this is his absolute masterpiece. I, for one, agree.

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The amazing decoration on the dome, painted by Gian Giacomo Lampugnani in year 1515. They looks like the frescoes by Cesare Cesariano from the previous church, huh? They have been described as "The most beautiful grotesque painting in all Lombardy".

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Side chapels:

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Fresco about St. Peter Martyr:

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The San Vittore basilica, the main church in Varese, the "garden city", located 48,5 kms north west of the Duomo cathedral of Milan.
The first part that has been built was the apse, in 1542, while the rest of the church has been designed in the year 1580 by the greatest architect of the Counter-Reformation in Lombardy, Pellegrino Tibaldi (who also built San Fedele in central Milan).

The facade has been added between 1788 and 1791 by the neoclassical architect Leopold Pollack.

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The extremely tall and beautiful "campanile" bell tower, designed by Giuseppe Bernasconi. This is one of the symbol of the city of Varese,
dominating the city skyline with his 77 meters of height.

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The interiors:

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The amazing stuccoes on the barrel vault, masterpiece of Lodovico Pogliaghi, actually quite recent: they have been made only in 1929!

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The frescoes on the vault, work of G.B. Zari. They have been made in the year 1846.

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On the side aisles, you can see a cross vault:

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The apse:

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The counter facade:

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The right transept:

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The left transept:

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Knitwork stoccoes...just breathtaking work from Pogliaghi!

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The tall dome, designed by the great baroque architect Giuseppe Bernasconi and built between the year 1589 and 1625.

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The pulprit:

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The dome:

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The bell tower, this too is work of Giuseppe Bernasconi, who designed this amazing "campanile" bell tower, 77 meters tall.
The works to build this amazing baroque bell tower begun in the year 1617, but were stopped in 1634. The "campanile" was finished during a second building campaign, between the year 1677 and 1774.

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The bell tower as seen from a city street:

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The campanile as seen from behind the basilica:

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The most ancient baptistry, the interior is octagonal in shape. It is the most ancient part of the basilica, and has been built between the XIII and the XIV century upon a previous baptistry (maybe hexagonal in shape) built during the VIII-IX century.

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The facade of the baptistry:

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Sant'Eufemia church in central Milan, one of the most interesting and beautiful neo romanesque and neobyzantine churches in the city.
The first church of Sant'Eufemia was probably built here in the year 472, but it was then rebuilt in the XV century. The archbishop Federico Borromeo was baptized here in the year 1564. The church was rebuilt bigger (with a new facade and a longer nave) in 1870 by the architect Enrico Terzaghi.

The exterior in a picture by Giovanni Dell'Orto (Wikimedia commons):



The interiors:

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The amazing starred vault of the central nave:

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The apse, designed by Spirito Maria Chiappetta:

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The triumphal arch:

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The counterfacade:

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A very beautiful baroque painting:

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A beautiful Leonardesque painting of extremely high quality, painted probably by Marco d'Oggiono:

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Detail:

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Santa Maria alla Fontana sanctuary, in the district known as "Isola", very close to the financial district of Milano Garibaldi.
This is one of the most peculiar architectonical complex in all Milan, composed by two churches, one, the upper, less interesting and quite "normal" after all, and a
Renaissance jewel in the lower floor. The church is called "Santa Maria alla Fontana" (fontana here intended not as "fountain" but as "spring of water") because there was a miraculous source of water here, according to the tradition. In the lower church, you can still hear the relaxing flow of water of the miracolous "fountain". The tradition says that this sanctuary was wanted here by Charles II d'Amboise, the french Governor of Milan during Louis XII's rule over Milan, in the year 1507. Between the many hypotesis about who was the architect of the complex, many said Bramante or Cristoforo Solari, and of course many said also Charles d'Amboise's protegee in Milan, Leonardo da Vinci.

Let's start with the upper church. It was heavily transformed in 1922 by the architects Enrico Agostino Griffini and Paolo Mezzanotte. The facade we can see today was added in that occasion.

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The interiors:

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A beautiful baroque painting in the interior:

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A baroque crucifixion painting:

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Another baroque painting:

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The counterfacade:

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Will continue with part II, about the cloisters and the external architecture of the amazing lower church!
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...Santa Maria alla Fontana sanctuary in Isola district of Milan part II.

The rear of the church shows the lower chapel and its beautiful side cloisters ornated with beautiful columns and arches. This is original from the Renaissance era. The architect is Giovanni Antonio Amadeo, known for the cathedral of Pavia and many other masterpieces, even if many thought that the design may have been made by Bramante, Cristoforo Solari or even...Leonardo da Vinci!

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one of the twin side cloister, beside the lower church:

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Santa Maria alla Fontana in Isola district of Milan part III (and last): the jewel of the crown, the amazing lower church!

The frescoes are all around you when you visit the lower church. They have been made by an unknown painter (probably of the school of Bernardino Luini) during the 1500s and their colours still shine for us today, 500 years later. Enjoy!

20180502_183048 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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Frescoes on the walls of the chapel:

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A beautiful Madonna:

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A beautiful and big altarpiece in the apse of the lower church:

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Detail of the beautiful altarpiece:

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The fountains that give name to the sanctuary, in the lower church, just beneath the altar:

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Santa Maria di Caravaggio church in Ticinese district of Milan, not far from the Navigli district.
This church is one of the most interesting examples of neo-romanesque architecture in Milan. In the interiors, you can also appreciate a sort of
neo-byzantine general atmosphere in it, overall due to the vast amount of golden mosaics and the red bricks and white bands that decorate the walls. This church was built between 1906 and 1911 by the architect Cecilio Arpesani, while the bell tower was built in 1930 according the design of the architect Ugo Zanchetta.

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Very beautiful the mosaics on the facade:

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Interiors:

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The dome:

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The side nave:

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The right transept:

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A beautiful stained glass window:

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A side chapel:

20180503_105652 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

The main altar:

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The left transept:

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20180503_111006 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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In this post (the Nº 1300) of last may you can see pictures also of the beautiful crypt.
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Some pictures of Santa Maria presso San Satiro in Via Torino, just few steps away from the Duomo cathedral of Milan.

Beautiful interiors, but after all...nothing so extraordinary, right?



(picture from www.touringclub.it)

...and now...time to show the magic trick! The magnificent and famous "false apsis"...as you can see, there is no apsis at all!

20180503_113545 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

The transept:

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The little baptistry of Bramante, pure Renaissance at its highest quality level:

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The little "Sacello di San Satiro", a little chapel built in IX century and dedicated to the saint brother of Saint Ambrose of Milan:

20180503_113946 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

The *amazing* terracotta statues of the "Pietà" by the great artist Agostino de' Fondulis:

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Ancient roman columns with their capitals:

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High middle ages frescoes:

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The chapel at Pio Albergo Trivulzio retirement home in central Milan, very close to MM1 metro stop Gambara.
Built between 1907 and 1910 in a brilliant and monumental neo-baroque style, this institution was created in 1767, after the death of the nobleman Antonio Tolomeo Trivulzio (1692-1767) and his will to leave much of his wealth for the creation of this institution.

The exteriors of the building, in an elegant neo-baroque style:

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The exterior of the chapel:

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The Liberty/art nouveau style facade:

20180506_112550 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

Detail:

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Unluckily the interiors are actually under heavy restorations due to the bad conservation of the frescoes decoration of the inside:

20180506_112707 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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The tomb of the founder of this institution, Antonio Tolomeo Trivulzio:

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The beautiful apse:

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The beautiful authentical baroque altar from 1700s:

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Details of the apse:

20180506_113736 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

A beautiful Renaissance, Titian-esque painting of Venetian school, whose author is still unknown:

20180506_113659 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

A beautiful baroque painting by Luigi Scaramuccia, depicting Saint Charles Borromeo presenting the little orphans to Saint John and the Virgin Mary:

20180506_113811 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

Beautiful Liberty windows:

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This one is a small bbut extremely important chapel: it's the Ducal Chapel inside the Sforza Castle in central Milan. It has been built during the duchy of Galeazzo Maria Sforza, in 1473 by the architects Benedetto Ferrini and Bartolomeo Gadio. The frescoes have been painted during that same period by a group of six painters, between them Giacomo Vismara, Stefano de Fedeli and the famous Bonifacio Bembo.
Today this chapel is the Room XII of the Sforza Castle museum, one of the World's most important decorative arts museums.

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Details of the beautiful painted vault:

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A beautiful statue of an enthroned Madonna with the child:

20180504_171015 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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Detail of the golden plaster decoration:

20180504_171110 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

Detail of the beautiful enthroned Madonna:

20180504_171043 by 04bc40240a2368c44cd1c20b632e705d, su Flickr

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Awesome job as always, tommolo. I could be looking at this thread for hours.
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Thank you so much! More pictures soon!
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A small church that is almost never open, since is (was, until november 2017) run by cloistered nuns: the Santa Maria della Visitazione church!

Built in 1713 by the architect Bernardo Quarantini, the facade was added in the early XIX century by the neoclassical architect Giacomo Moraglia.

The frescoes on the interiors depict saints linked to the congregation and have been painted by Valentini in the year 1894.
Do you know could be the new use for this abandoned monastery?
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It is sometimes open to visit, it is not abandoned, it's well kept, just there are no nuns celebrating masses there

I'm back to this thread after more than a year! Sorry about that, I did not realized that I've been out that long!

Anyway, I'm back with a church that has been closed since forever, but now it's open to visits with a dedicated ticket for an interesting exposition about what's the artistical jewel of this temple: the third version of the Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci. Well, this third version it's actually not from Leonardo (even if some museum would have attributed the paternity easily) but probably from his pupil Francesco Melzi. The hand of the Master may be seen maybe only on the background, on the rocks, but probably he just supervised the work...or it had been painted after the death of the Master. It has the perfect size of the Virgin of the Rocks of the Louvre and the National Gallery, and its Leonardesque stuyle is out of debate. It's open to visit for the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo for all 2019.

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This third version of Leonardo's masterpiece, based upon the painting of the Louvre, is known as "La Vergine delle Rocce del Borghetto".

The church where this masterpiece is located is San Michele al Dosso, in central Milan, right in front of Sant'Ambrogio Basilica.
Unluckily, the church has been heavily altered during XX century:

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Traces of frescoes removed from the church during its rebuilding:

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The hall of the nuns, perpendicular to the nave of the church, forms a sort of a "T" plan for the church, very unusual. It has not been altered and it's still the original structure:

20190514_172410_HDR by ettorino3, su Flickr

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The beautiful stalls of the choir of the nuns:

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Beautifully carved choir stalls:

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The cloisters of the monastery, now used as a school by the Orsoline nuns:

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The San Michele al Dosso church facade:

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The little bramantesque church of the Sacra Famiglia in via Buonarroti, near Citylife district.
This church has a central plan and a dome and it has built between 1896 and 1898 according an eclectic neo Bramantesque style.
The vault of the dome is extremely similar to the vault of the apse designed by Donato Bramante at Santa Maria delle Grazie.

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This is a pictures of the apsis of the Santa Maria alle Grazie in Milan, by Donato Bramante. As you can see, the Renaissance style "umbrella vault" has been used in a similar way in the church of the Sacra Famiglia in Via Buonarroti, and they even opened the small oculus as skylights:

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One of the most important neo-romanesque churches in Milan is the Santa Maria del Suffragio church, built between 1896 and 1899 according to the design of Alfonso parrocchetti. The facade has been designed later, in 1927, by the renowned neo-gothic master Spirito Maria Chiappetta.

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The right transept:

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The tall dome:

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The majestic modern frescoes by Aldo Carpi:

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The neogothic altar designed by the italian master of neogothic, Spirito Maria Chiappetta:

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The monumental bronze main gates, created in 1996 by Ercole Franz De Vecchi:

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The facade by Spirito Maria Chiappetta (1927)

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Wonderful to see more examples of great artistry from Lombardy!
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Thank you for the very warm welcome!

Santa Maria alla Porta church, now used by Polish comunity in Milan.
It has been one of the first church in Milan that adopted the new "roman" style, known today as Baroque. The architect was a very late Francesco Maria Richini, the master of Lombard baroque. The building of the church started in 1652, at the peak of Spanish rule in Milan, but after just few years, in 1658, Richini died (he was 74, very old for the standards of the time). The architect named to follow was...Francesco Castelli from Mendrisio (Ch)! But he was not the Borromini, the rival of Bernini, he just had the same name and came from the same region...the name "Santa Maria alla Porta", "St. Mary a the Gate", comes from the fact that the church stands where there was an old city gate during roman times.

The figure of Francesco Maria Richini stands at the very beginning of Baroque style, between the Lombard-Ticinese artists called by the Lombard élite in Rome that gained power during St. Charles Borromeo Counter Reformation era to renovate the arts of the times. Many Lombards came to Rome to develop then the new Baroque style, and Francesco Maria Richini was the teacher of many of them.

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Side chapels are filled with sculptures of artist Giacomo Moraglia (1791-1860):

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The dome:

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The apse:

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The organ in the choir:

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Another side chapel:

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A side hall:

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The facade of the church:


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