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Chiesa di San Babila, Milan
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San Babila is a Roman Catholic church in Milan, northern Italy. It was once considered the third most important in the city after the Duomo and the Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio. It is dedicated to saint Babylas of Antioch.At the beginning of the 5th century, Marolus, the bishop of Milan, brought from Antioch to Milan relics of saints Babylas of Antioch and Romanus of Caesarea. Marolus founded the Basilica Concilia Sanctorum or church of San Romano, which stood until the 19th century a few meters south of the church of San Babila, on the site of a Roman temple dedicated to the Sun.The church of San Babila was built on the same site in about 1095. In the 16th century, the Church was extended with an additional construction at the front and a new baroque façade.The whole complex was renovated in the 19th century with the intent of restoring the appearance of the Medieval basilica, and in the early 20th century the Neo-Romanesque façade by Paolo Cesa-Bianchi was built. The bell tower is from 1920, and replaced the original tower which fell down in the 16th century.The interior has a nave and two aisles. Nothing of the original edifice has remained after the restoration and reconstruction carried on in the following centuries. The two side chapels are from the late Renaissance. The right aisle has an image of the Madonna which is highly venerated by the Milanese population.
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  • Historic church in piazza San Babila, I never stopped to visit, but I finally found the time and with a great surprise inside is lovely with mosaics and organ over the entrance. Definitely recommend a visit if you happen downtown.
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  • In most of the churches in Milan, what we see today is a reconstruction (of the late 19th century, most of the time), made very questionable criteria, of buildings that have a long history. The history does not allow us to understand the building, indeed, sometimes confusing and illusion! This is the case of collegiate Basilica Prepositurale di san Babila, more commonly known as the Church of san Babila, dedicated to the Bishop of Antioch, martyred around 250, along with three children (urban, Prilidiano and Epolonio) that had been entrusted to educate them in the Catholic faith; reason of martyrdom: had prevented entry into the temple to a Christian Emperor, guilty of killing one hostage, the son of a barbarian King, which had been delivered to seal peace. This church was built around the year 1000 – shortly before or after – next to other churches, although some argue – without proof – that had been erected in the early centuries of Christianity over pagan time dedicated to the Sun. But almost nothing remains today of the original Romanesque building (only some capitals at the second, third and fourth Bay), as nothing remains of substantial rebuilding in the Baroque era: what we see is the result of nineteenth-century restoration (1880-1905) that changed the architectural structure and pictorial decorations and sculptures, trying to recreate the look. Today we can see a neo-Romanesque style façade, designed between 1881 and 1890 by architect Paolo Cesa Bianchi – in charge of the restoration, made and concluded by the architect Cesare Nava in 1905; an interior with three aisles with apses and chapels of different periods (a sixteenth, one – that of the Baptistery-twentieth century) decorated in different periods (at the end of the nineteenth century or in the first half of the 20th century), using different techniques (frescoes and mosaics), containing works of different periods (a shovel from the 19th century, the first work of religious art in bronze by Fausto Melotti, class of 1901); a late 19th century eclectic-style altar; a Bell Tower, rebuilt in 1821 in Baroque style with recycled materials, clad in neo-Romanesque style in 1927. In short, although the overall impression is that of a neo-Romanesque style building (which is not the style I love most!), there are several non-homogeneity elements from a stylistic point of view that – personally – they bother me. Good news: for those who want to understand a bit more, there are tutorials for visitor use (when I was there were only in English: I don't know if it's a coincidence or a choice!); are quite useful, although of course not exhaustive.
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  • Almost hidden in the middle of buildings, draws attention for its brick construction, if pointing out in the middle of the other buildings. The inside is beautiful and worth a visit!
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  • The Basilica of San Babila in Milan, is a Catholic place of worship located in the square. Inside is rich in mosaics and decorations. Has a "Founding Organ of the Basilica of San Babila" which stages concert seasons. Piazza San Babila, 70 years was the scene of political passions. The "sanbabilini" boys of the so-called "Milan well" spent his youth in adventures that were among the extreme militancy and the carefree student spirit. Shopping in the old town is full of famous brands such as: Dolce Gabbana, Versace, Armani, and luxury shops, jewelry stores and showrooms. It is located near the so-called "fashion district" which is closed between four streets: Via Montenapoleone, Via Manzoni, Via Della Spiga and Corso Venezia, but small waterways are sought after by Arab and Japanese tourists. A real luxury and fashion district.
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  • Beautiful Basilica, definitely worth visiting. Interesting mosaics inside.
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  • Suggestive point of reflection in the Center. Very nice interior decorations
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