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Santuario di Santa Maria alla Fontana, Milan
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  • The complex of Santa Maria alla Fontana is currently composed of the Church (comparatively modern) located at street level and the Chapel/Shrine which is reached by descending the staircase on the right of the façade of the Church. As a whole, has more than 5 centuries of history, travagliatissima. The lower Chapel, placed in a depression, a couple of meters below street level, it should be the oldest building, built from 1507 at the behest of the French Governor Charles d'amboise, where there was a small chapel built to protect an image placed at the head of a trough from which gushed water believed to be miraculous (the Governor himself was healed thanks to it). It is a square, whose oratory were and are attached two patios porches/two cloisters, presenting an original time dodecagonal (inspired by models of Roman antiquity): God the father blessing, wooden and gilded stucco, is at the Centre and is entirely surrounded by Saints, fresh painted probably by artists from the school of Bernardino Luini (15th century); also the walls of the sacristy and the opening to the cloisters (once served to allow passage of the sick and pilgrims) are totally painted. In this Chapel houses the medieval stone from which emerge the eleven "miraculous" water gushes. Above this shrine is directly linked to it by means of two stairways, was the Church real, enlarged in the 17th century, was gradually demolished and rebuilt; the current one (a single nave with side chapels featuring baroque altars on which they are located and statues, which takes little light from modern and colourful stained glass Windows contains an imposing 17th-century wooden tabernacle on an altar), does not retain practically nothing more than the original. It received its present appearance around 1920 by the architects Enrico Alberto Griffini, Paolo Cesa Bianchi and Paul Midnight; the façade was rebuilt, inspired by the Renaissance in Lombardy. Around this complex, which has long been one of the most important medical facilities in Milan along with the Ca ' Granda and al Lazzaretto, have flourished and continue to be handed down some stories, which should increase its value and attract more visitors: that author of the architectural project was Leonardo da Vinci or Bramante (while the documents indicate as a designer the less famous Giovanni Antonio Amadeo); the water is miracle (even if initially it was because it was from a pool that has been polluted in the 800 after the fire of an adjacent factory of bitumen, today hardly can be since the water spurting ... comes from the aqueduct: but there are people who still makes Commons!). The upper Church, who already knew, is not – in my opinion-especially nice, nor outside (pseudo-Renaissance) or inside, which is decidedly unequal: baroque altars – with unknown publishers – and colorful stained glass Windows the 20th century in a classroom altogether somber. The lower Chapel is undoubtedly a gem nicely restored, which would deserve to be presented better and to be valued. The structure of the Sanctuary (sacellum and cloisters) is interesting, but the frescoes of the cloisters are – sadly – very ruined. The complex is worth a visit: best if you come prepared (on site have not found information); better yet if you are driven!
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  • For years was my parish because I lived in the area. In this Sanctuary were married my grandparents and were baptized my children and all the times that I went for a visit or to light a candle. I drank spring water finding it always cool even with the summer heat but unfortunately not always open the chapel below. I felt surrounded by warmth attending his priests especially the parish priest Father Franco, now deceased, who helped me when I got sick my daughter becoming disabled. I wet with holy water and I was drinking. I do not know and do not cry to the miracle but my daughter started to walk in six years but has remained a person with autism when doctors at the hospital had diagnosed that Pius X would remain "a vegetable". Now that we've changed town I feel a little orphan girl and can't get used to another Parish. It is true that the Holy mother is equal in all churches, but Santa Maria alla Fontana the will always be in my heart.
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  • I think it's unique. see below the altar steps to reach the taps where the water comes out that apparently you puow drink, is very special. then is available for just a few euros an instruction guide that explains the frescoes and church history. also you can buy even small bottle containing water from the source. very quiet. There is access to the right of the church there is a ladder with a dozen steps leading to the altar/source. not to be missed.
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