The Basilica of Great Saint Lawrence is one of the most important churches in the world you’ve never heard of. It sits across what is now a plaza, but was once crowded with houses, from the Colonnade of St. Lawrence. It was once surrounded by houses and even a river and port on the other…
Colonnade of San Lorenzo, Milan
Urban renewal happens in Europe, as well, and the Colonnade of St. Lawrence is a perfect example of that. As the ancient world transitioned into the Early Christian, an old temple or bath house was torn down, and this colonnade was constructed with its Corinthian columns along the main street leading to the Ticino Gate….
Santa Maria presso San Satiro, Milan
Milan is a very crowded city, with very little space. So when it came time to build a new church, St. Mary Near (or as I translate presso, up against) St. Satirus, the architects needed to be creative. St. Satirus was the brother of St. Ambrose, the archbishop of Milan. In this photo by photographer…
The Basilica and Postern Gate of Saint Ambrose, Milan
Update: See a church in St. Louis based off architecture such as St. Ambrose’s. Here is the church of St. Ambrose in St. Louis. Located on the southwestern edge of the historic core of Milan, the Basilica of Saint Ambrose has foundations that go back to one of the Four Doctors of the Roman Catholic…
Old Fortifications Tower, Milan
The old walls of Roman Milan came by here, and due to most likely being incorporated into San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, this tower and another square one have survived barbarian invasions and the destruction of the original church. They sit now in limbo, still searching for a purpose in the 21st Century.
Palace of Maximianus, Milan
For the next week, I will be showing sites around the northern Italian city of Milan, which is famous for many things, but not so much for its ancient Roman and Paleo-Christian past. I often feel that cities, such as St. Louis, are known for the “same old thing” oftentimes, just like Milan, and by…
Interior, Cathedral, Milan
Update: These pictures are really blurry; I probably wouldn’t post these in 2020 or later. The interior of Milan Cathedral is probably the darkest place I’ve ever tried to photograph; it is downright cavernous with minimal light. I hope these pictures give you some sense of the experience. Huge paintings block out the spaces in…
Cathedral, Milan, Italy
Milan’s cathedral is a glorious pile of stone, a strange mix of the Gothic style, which never moved too terribly further south on such a grand scale, and other more Renaissance style motifs, such as the half moon lintels above the five front portals of the church. No major cathedral is ever completely free of…
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan, Italy
There’s an amazing open air shopping mall in downtown Milan, and when I saw it, I knew it seemed familiar. That’s right, I saw a similar mall in Naples.
Architectural Variety, Milan, Italy
I was actually sort of tired of Renaissance buildings by the time I got to Milan, so I was pleased to discover that the city is graced with stunning architecture of the Nineteenth Century, as well buildings from the centuries before.