The Chapel of Sant’Aquilino Returns to its Former Glory
Расписание: Mon - Fri 8.30 am - 6.30 pm I Sat - Sun 9 am - 7 pm
Билеты: Free admission
Местоположение: Basilica di San Lorenzo Maggiore
Адрес: Corso di Porta Ticinese 35
“One of the most beautiful churches in the world” - that is how the writers of the Middle Ages saw the Basilica di San Lorenzo Maggiore, extraordinary witness to the years in which Milan was the capital of the western Roman Empire. We’re accustomed to seeing it from outside, walking through its columns which have become emblematic of the city’s nightlife and, yet, San Lorenzo holds a surprising treasure - the Sant’Aquilino Chapel, having just undergone a complex series of renovations. Architecture, murals and precious mosaics, all compelling witnesses to paleo-Christian Roman Milan. The origins of the Chapel pre-date those of the Basilica, born as an imperial mausoleum, probably thanks to Queen Galla Placidia, it was then dedicated to San Genesio and, then, to the priest and Martyr Sant’Aquilino, whose remains are still held there in a silver and quartz urn. Originally octagonal in structure, broken up by niches, with frescoes in the apse and the stucchi of the dome, visiting the Chapel is like traveling back in time. However, nothing compares to the splendour of the mosaics which originally almost entirely covered the walls with depictions of Celestial Jerusalem, life-size depictions of the Patriarchs of Israel, the Apostles and the Martyrs, among golden pillars lined with gemstones.
The Vittoriale degli Italiani - the Extraordinary Dwelling of Gabriele D’Annunzio
Just a handful of kilometres from Milan stands one of the most eccentric and extraordinary homes in Italy. The original furnishings, the charming atmosphere and suffused light, the library, the spectacular park, all celebrate the genius of an eclectic and truly original man.