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Basilica di San Vittore al Corpo, Milan

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The church and monastery of San Vittore al Corpo were an ancient monastery of the Olivetan order built in the early 16th century. The site once had a 4th-century basilica and mausoleum that once held the burials of the emperors Gratian and Valentinian III. The basilica was enlarged in the 8th century to house the relics of the saints Vittore and Satiro. A Benedictine monastery soon was attached to the church. In 1507, the monastery was transferred to the Olivetans, who began a major reconstruction.During the Napoleonic wars, the site became a military hospital, and afterwards became barracks. It suffered damage during the bombardments of 1943. The monastery now houses a museum of science. Reconstruction of the church was begun in 1533 by Vincenzo Seregni, and completed in 1568 by Pellegrino Tibaldi. La façade remains incomplete. The dome was frescoed in 1617 by Guglielmo Caccia (called "il Moncalvo"). In the chapel of St Anthony is a 1619 canvas by Daniele Crespi (Death of St Paul the hermit). In the transept on the left, is an early 17th century cycle of canvases of the Stories of San Benedetto, by Ambrogio Figino while the right transept has an altarpiece by Camillo Procaccini. Other chapels have paintings by Pompeo Batoni and Giovanni Battista Discepoli.BibliographyD. Caporusso & A. Ceresa Mori, C'era una volta Mediolanum, in Archeo (attualità dal passato) of settembre 2010, n. 307.Marco Bona Castellotti, Giovan Battista Discepoli, ad vocem, in Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, volume 40, Roma 1991.Silvia Lusuardi Siena, Milano (Mediolanum): Il recinto di S.Vittore al Corpo, in Catalogo della Mostra "Milano capitale dell'Impero romani (286-402 d.C.)", a cura di Gemma Sena Chiesa, Milano 1990.Agnoldomenico Pica, Piero Portaluppi, La Basilica Porziana di San Vittore al Corpo, Milano 1934
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  • You don't expect, from the rigors of cold abroad, the beautiful interior, among other things really well maintained
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  • I've already written-a few years ago – of this majestic Church, rich in beautiful hidden behind an anonymous facade (almost ugly!). And, when I get in, I am still struck by what it contains: the Vault (frescoed by Ercole Procaccini the younger) and floor (with il DIVO VICTORI) of the nave, the beautiful frescoed dome with decreasing size tiles 80 playing angels in to reinforce the perception of height, the sibyls, the evangelists (works by Daniele Crespi and Guglielmo Caccia detto il Moncalvo) beautiful carved wooden choir, chronicling the life of St Benedict, beautiful marble altar set with precious minerals; delicious the crypt under the high altar; very interesting the sacristy (not always open) with paintings – by Camillo Procaccini-recounting the martyrdom of Saint Victor, Roman soldier who refused to abjure his faith. And that's not all! It is advisable to visit the Church when there are volunteers of the Touring Club (open) IE Friday and Saturday from 9.30 to 13.30 to 17.30 17.30 Sunday because only with them you can access the chancel, crypt and (for those interested in archaeology) the remains of the Imperial mausoleum. You have to wait for the feast of Saint Victor (which falls on the 8 may, but is celebrated – generally-the Sunday before) or some particularly important moment for the ecclesial community to gain access to the Bell Tower. With the bell ringers climb up the old wooden stairs and reach the 5 bells "Ambrosian" – merged in 1949 – with which you can play melodies, as each bell sounds a different note! An interesting visit to a curious place, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of Milan: but ... There is a ban on TAKING PICTURES!
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  • Lived at around the corner, passed on a couple of times a day. And here is the Easter morning I left early to go. Seeing going there mother with children decided to take a peek, not looking at my other Christianity:) people cause quite a few earlier morning. A priest read the mass. Very Chamber and mentally. Fjenshujnoe place:)
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  • Outstanding artworks and impressive wooden choir stalls with intricate inlaid panels.
  • Beautiful interiors
  • Secret gem!
  • i found out that to visit the Mausoleum you can ask in Basilica to the volunteers. from friday to saturday 9.30am 5.30 pm sunday 1.30pm-5.30pm it's freeentrance Many thanks to VOLONTARI APERTI PER VOI of TOURING CLUB ITALIANO
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