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Basilica of Saint Vincenzo in Prato, Milan

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The basilica of San Vincenzo in Prato is a church in Milan, northern Italy. It is the only one in city which has entirely maintained its original Palaeo-Christian appearance.HistoryThe first church was founded by the Lombard king Desiderius in 770, who dedicated it to the Virgin Mary. Later it was entitled to St. Vincent, when the latter's relics were found in an urn in the crypt, together with those of St. Quirinus and St. Nicomedes (859) and St. Abundius. The name in Prato derives from its location in the "pratum" (in the field) area owned by bishop Odelpertus.In 806 a Benedictine convent was added to the church; in the late years of the same century and in the early 10th century the church, in dismaying conditions, was rebuilt, but with similar appearance. The octagonal baptistery on the exterior, on the left, was built by architect Paolo Mezzanotte in year 1932, and includes a column-shaped font called Pietra santa (the Saint Stone) coming from the ancient church of S. Nazaro in Pietra Santa, which was demolished in year 1889 during the construction of the new Via Dante. The convent was suppressed in 1520 and in 1598 the church was restored and turned into a parish.
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  • A church that is well worth the visit, full of history. Has a baptistery that nn is always open to visitors, but you can apply. It has a restored organ spectacular running, indeed sometimes organize concerts. Under the beautiful raised altar there is the crypt. Roman artifacts.
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  • This wonder is poorly understood. Among the oldest churches in Milan, dates back to the 9th-11th centuries, and has been built on Roman ruins. The façade has three took it, and it was rebuilt in the 800. Inside are beautiful stained glass Windows, performed in the 80 years of the last century. Beautiful are the capitals of columns, different from one another because salvaged from other buildings. On the altar, there is the fresco of the crucifixion, known as "Madonna del pianto", built in the 15th century. At the end of 1700, the Church was Deconsecrated and used as a military warehouse, then a stable and barracks during the Napoleonic occupation, and finally sold in 1810 to a chemical company that set up a lab, guilty of major damage to the structure and frescoes. Because of vapors produced by chemicals, at that time the hotel was called "La casa del mago". At the end of ' 800 was restored and partially rebuilt: the belfry, the sacristy and the interior decoration. The latter was recently eliminated, operating a restoration. Under the presbytery is the beautiful cross-vaulted crypt, whose altar contains a stone urn with the relics of martyrs flow rates from San Vincenzo. Behind the altar there is a well whose waters were considered miraculous. Interesting and beautiful.
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  • I came specially, after a long time, because I wanted to see the crypt that I've never been able to see. And – as always – I was struck by the beauty and elegance of this very ancient church with a troubled history which saw her transformed into a military warehouse, barn, barracks, workshop for the production of chemicals! Has an internal structure: the central aisles illuminated by beautiful, colorful stained glass – modern; a raised altar, enclosed by an ornate Romanesque apse, at the Centre of which stands a beautiful fresco of the crucifixion (15th century); a crypt to Romanesque oratory, covered by cross vaults supported by columns that end in beautiful capitals, quite fine (you can only see it from the outside and you can ask the Sexton to illuminate). The façade is bare and inconspicuous, but what has been saved, inside, deserves!
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  • Beautiful Palm Sunday Church garden
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  • Beautiful church, somewhat hidden in the streets near viale papiniano. I am well it helps meditation and I think it is little.
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  • It is the only Church of Milan to retain the authentic early Christian style. Built by King Desiderius in 770, on the ruins of a Roman temple, was first dedicated to the Virgin Mary and later in Saint Vincent, after his remains were found. In the year 806 was added the Benedictine monastery which was later suppressed in 1520. With the Napoleonic laws this churches was first desecrated and turned into stock, until the late 1800 individuals restored it. It's amazing how all restorations over the centuries, have been maintaining its original appearance. Inside you can admire a fresco from the 15th century. The Church is called "in the Meadow" because he was in a farm said Prata.
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  • Wonderful place
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