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St Cristoforo sul Naviglio, Milan

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San Cristoforo sul Naviglio is a church in Milan, northern Italy.HistoryThe complex is composed by two churches. The left one is the most ancient, which is known to be a Romanesque reconstruction of a far more ancient edifice (probably in turn located on the site of a Roman temple). The Romanesque edifice was again rebuilt in the 13th century, when the Naviglio Grande was excavated. In the mid-14th century it received the Gothic portal and rose window.The Gothic church was flanked by an hospital, built around 1364.The more recent church, which currently is united to the other and gives the appearance of a single edifice, was constructed along the Naviglio bank in the 15th century, called Ducal Chapel. It was commissioned by Duke Gian Galeazzo Visconti in order to provide a holy edifice entitled to the protector of ill people, after a plague, that had killed some 20,000 Milanese in 1399, ceased suddenly for the alleged intercession of St. Christopher. The Chapel was also dedicated to the Saints John the Baptist and James, Blessed Christina, all protectors of the House of Visconti. The façade has in fact the Visconti coat of arms; the older church has instead that of Cardinal Pietro Filargo, then bishop of Milan and later pope as Alexander V.In 1405 the counterfaçade of the Ducal Chapel was decorated with a Madonna Enthroned and Saints and a Crucifixion inspired by that in San Marco of Milan.
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  • Tiny, little church that you would probably overlook, if you hadn't bee =n told about it. From the outside it isn't anything spectacular, so you have to go further! Easy to get to 
  • to fill the afternoon with a visit to Mudec Brewery where we would spend the night, we walked under a light drizzle towards the cone steeple we saw popping up beyond the naviglio grande and we belong to this scrumptious Church formed by two different bodies were born in very different times, around the year 1000, the part on the left and in the 14th century , the part right at the behest of Duke GianGaleazzo Sforza. Within the two sides are unified and decorated with frescoes, of which some are ruined and some being restored. But more than anything, I liked the spaciousness of the place, without missing anything: contained by the modern altar with a millstone topped with a slab of slate untouched to the ancient wooden statues of Saints, outside with trees and cobblestones and especially from the iron bridge to overcome walk the naviglio: air of other times while away runs the hustle and bustle of a city like Milan. Places to preserve carefully and to live to a While.
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  • This church is a gem! my parents celebrated 25 years of marriage and I still keep a wonderful memory. I go there every Sunday to church and I don't get tired maai to admire her beauty.
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  • A small. ancient church beautifully located on the north bank of Naviglio Grande. After visiting it, you may well enjoy going to one of the many bars, pubs and restaurants just across the canal.
  • A special place for the Milanese. The Church is old and well preserved. For those who are passionate about photography is essential if the photo from the bridge on the naviglio.
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  • Corner ordered Milan between railroad degradation and the coming and going of ships not to be missed
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  • Suggestive medieval church with a background music suited to the spiritual meditation
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  • To visit, deserves
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