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San Fedele Church, Milan

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San Fedele is a Jesuit church in Milan, northern Italy. It is entitled to St. Fidelis of Como, patron of the Catholic diocese of Como.Located in Saint Fedele Square in the centre of the city, near the Palazzo Marino, the Teatro alla Scala and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the church was commissioned by Charles Borromeo from Pellegrino Tibaldi (1559).The interior is on a single nave, with tall columns in granite. The presbytery was prolonged in the 17th century by Francesco Maria Richino, who also designed the notable sacristy. The façade was completed by Pietro Pestagalli from Tibaldi's designs in 1835. It features a group of Gaetano Matteo Monti's statues representing the Assumption.The interior is decorated with artworks that include a Pietà by Simone Peterzano, a St. Ignatius by Giovanni Battista Crespi (il Cerano) a Transfiguration by Bernardino Campi, and a "Sacred Heart" by Lucio Fontana. A Madonna of the Snake by Ambrogio Figino, once found in the church, is now in the church of Sant'Antonio Abate of the city.
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  • This church behind the palazzo Marino keeper of the shoulders of the great Manzoni, is presented to visitors and worshippers as dating back to the 18th century. But its origins date back to the 4th century In architecture does not Excel but remains a place worth visiting. The Christ of Lucio Fontana is a really excellent work.
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  • Greeted and guided by the volunteers of the Italian Touring Club, within the framework of the initiative "open for you", we visited this church, known for being frequented by Alessandro Manzoni, whose monument stands in the square outside. Solemn and refined the Interior with contemporary works, but also as the "Sacred Heart" by Lucio Fontana of 1956. With a € 2 ticket you can visit also the so-called Chapel of dancers ", the sacristy, the pinacoteca, the crypt and the shrine, displaying a series of religious works, particularly of notable contemporary artists.
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  • A very beautiful church in all its spaces, the façade, with two orders, with twelve stone pillars d'angera, which enriches it. Its interior with a nave, divided into two sections, its vaults are supported by six huge pink granite columns, noteworthy the crypt, which houses the stations of the cross by Lucio Fontana, in addition to the high altar of the 19th century 16th century choir and the confessionals of the late 16th century.
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  • Unsung hero around the corner from the Duomo. We stumbled upon this lovely church whilst walking around town. It seemed closed as there were only people sitting on the steps but no one going in or out. Walking in you are greeted with the sheer size, on par with many of the churches we saw in Rome. There are fantastic fescos and timberwork and it is the only church we've seen that incorporates ancient and modern artworks. We paid the extra €2 to take the guided tour through the church, well worth it! I didn't catch our guides name but she spoke great English and was very knowledgeable about the church and the history. Be aware the tours stop running at 6pm.
  • A church in close distance of the Duomo and the gallery. Very spacious and with typical decorations. It is a ideál place to find some peace after visiting all the tourist attractions and to take some time for yourself. Open daily at max nutil 18:00, but usually until 16:30
  • Brilliant baroque Jesuit church built in 1569 with Pellegrino Tibaldi as architect. Tibaldi studied under Michelangelo who was busy at that time with the Sistine Chapel. In many aspects San Fedele (Saint Fidelis) is similar to the Gesu in Rome. The outside is a simple facade because the thought in the architecture was that the profane was on the outside and the heavenly on the inside. There are 7 steps to enter the church signifying the 7 days of creation. When you step inside, you are transported to an elaborate vision of "paradise" with lots of gold (baroque style), the purest element on earth, used extensively to represent the perfection of Heaven. On the ceiling we see a painting of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and it seems to open the roof of the Church so we feel transported to Heaven - that we have entered into the realm. The windows and dome above the altar also serves to give this feeling. The Jesuit influence is also seen in the many dedications to Jesus: the beautiful cross depicting a tortured Christ on the main altar; Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist in the baptistry; the painting of crucified Jesus caressed by the women after being taken down from the cross and underneath the painting, the marble depiction of Jesus lying in the tomb; and of course, the painting of St. Ignatius considering the personal cross he must carry to walk in the footsteps of Our Lord. We see the Host, or communion bread, with the latin IHS and gold beams radiating from it, again signifying Christ risen and surrounded by angels - a depiction similar to that in the Gesu in Rome. One immediate example of the fact that the Church was built to counter criticisms levied on the Catholic Church during the reformation is that there is a single nave with no interior columns (unlike the Duomo and its gothic architecture). The criticism was that the Catholic Church was not transparent and therefore, needed to take the obstructions away, both figuratively and actively. In addition, the pulpit was put in the middle of the nave and not in the apse; this was again in response to a well-deserved criticism during the reformation. At that point in time, many priests were not educated and therefore were not allowed to preach. The Jesuits were well-educated and in fact, countered this criticism by often having various priests in the pulpit to preach throughout the day. The Jesuits have also created a museum itinerary to reflect on how faith and its interpretation changes with time and the fruitful interaction between art and spirituality. The cost is minimal for the museum and itinerary.
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