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MILAN CHRISTIAN & RENAISSANCE CAPITAL TOUR

3 Hours

MILAN CHRISTIAN & RENAISSANCE CAPITAL

  • Saint Ambrose
  • Saint Ambrose Church interior
  • Santa Maria Delle Grazie
  • Santa Maria Delle Grazie Interior
  • Santa Maria Presso Satiro
  • Santa Maria Presso Satiro interior
  • Saint Maurice
  • Saint Maurice interior

MILAN CHRISTIAN & RENAISSANCE CAPITAL TOUR

In 286 AD Emperor Diocletian moved the capital of the Western Roman Empire from Rome to Milan. Milan bacame the religious and political center of a vast territory stretching from Spain to England. Few years later Christianity became the only official cult and Milan was its lighthouse in Western Europe,.

 

From this glorious past the city still preserves the church of Sant'Ambrogio, second in importance only to the Cathedral.

St. Ambrose, is a building of unique appeal for many reasons: its origins, its architectural style, the many treasures inside starting from the gold altar made by artist Vuolvinio. And also the context in which St. Ambrose is located is unique: it is next to the convent that once belonged to the Benedictine monks who officiated the basilica (and who is now home to the Catholic University).

I wish I had done this on my first, rather than my last, day in Milan as Katia pointed out many places I'd like to return.

Centuries after his past as a Christian capital, Milan was to experience another unique period: the Renaissance. Typical examples of that flourishing culture are the churches of Santa Maria presso San Satiro and San Maurizio. The buildings are integrated into the dense urban fabric of the city and you are likely to pass by without even noticing them, because their facades are very simple. Yet the inside is precious and sophisticated.

 

Available: Everyday

3

Hours

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