Religious Buildings of Milan, Milan

Religious Buildings of Milan, Milan
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Fabio Alessandro Locati
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Milan may be a world fashion capital and an European financial capital, but religion, and "the church" in particular, remain a major part of Milanese life. Many of the churches that you see today have undergone reconstruction or renovation, as preserving historic and religious heritage is one of the city's priorities. Take this tour to visit some of the most notable places of worship in Italy.

Religious Buildings of Milan - Route Map

Guide Name: Religious Buildings of Milan
Guide Location: Italy » Milan
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Author: kane
San Fedele

1) San Fedele

The title is a canon of the church Santa Maria della Scala in San Fedele. After a decade near the church was built a great college that until 1763 was the main house of Lombardy of the Jesuits. Here stands the old image once called Madonna of the dancers and singers. The particular advance of the Baroque of the first altar on the right flanked by two angels who gracefully detach from their capitals and columns hold up the slant, giving an impression of fragility and...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Lino M
Milan Cathedral

2) Milan Cathedral (must see)

Milan Cathedral, also called Duomo, is the cathedral church in Milan, Lombardy. Dedicated to Saint Mary Nascent, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan. It is also the largest cathedral in Italy and fourth largest in the world. Duomo is centrally located, so the roads either emerge from it or encircle it making it one of the most important sites in Milan.

Gian Galeazzo Visconti laid the foundation of the cathedral. It has been a central part of the city's life since 1386. Built on...   view more
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Santa Maria Presso San Satiro

3) Santa Maria Presso San Satiro (must see)

Santa Maria presso San Satiro, commonly known as San Satiro, is a church in Milan that lies on the location of an ancient worship place. Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza commissioned the construction of the present day church. Construction started in 1472 and took nearly 10 years to complete.

Santa Maria Presso di San Satiro is just south of the Duomo in Milan. Dating back to the 800s, the church was renovated in the second half of the 1400s by Bramante. Donato Bramante was a man of talent. In...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Marco Bonavoglia.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Sant'Alessandro in Zebedia

4) Sant'Alessandro in Zebedia

The Church of Sant'Alessandro in Zebedia, built in 1589, is a Baroque style church with two lateral bell towers. One functions as a clock whilst the other has been a belfry since 1643. The church comprises of a principal building on the Greek cross plan with a central dome.

Built by Barnabite monks in the 9th century, the church has a centralized plan with a cupola that serves as a presbytery. The interior is decorated with precious paintings in the Lombard tradition of the 17th and...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Giovanni Dall'Orto
Sight description based on wikipedia
Santa Maria Presso San Celso

5) Santa Maria Presso San Celso

In order to house a miraculous image of the Madonna, Gian Giacomo Dolcebuono and Giovanni Battagio started the construction of a church in 1493. Octagonal dome was built first which was covered externally by a tambour with a veranda. Twelve brickwork statues made by Agostino De Fondulis and designed in Lombard style were used to decorate the arcades.

A compound with nave and two aisles was added to the original structure in 1506. The structure is covered by a colossal barrel tomb. A...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Giovanni Dall'Orto
Sight description based on wikipedia
Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio

6) Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio (must see)

Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio is primarily a 12th-century church standing on the remains of a much older church. Founded in the 4th century and situated in northern Italy in Milan, it was the main centre for many pilgrims who used to travel to Rome or to the Holy Land. The tomb of Three Magi or Three Kings is present in this church. The name refers to Eustorgius, the elected 9th Bishop of Milan in 343 who translated the supposed relics of the Magi to the city from Constantinople in...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Samoano
Sight description based on wikipedia
San Vincenzo in Prato

7) San Vincenzo in Prato

San Vincenzo in Prato is a church established by the Lombard king Desiderius in 770. Originally this church was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. When the relics of St. Vincent were found in an urn in the crypt, it was rededicated to him. The name in Prato is derived from its location in the "Prata" area owned by bishop Odelpertus.

The basilica of San Vincenzo in Prato is the only one in the city of Milan that has entirely maintained its original Palaeo-Christian appearance....   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and MarkusMark
Sight description based on wikipedia
San Cristoforo sul Naviglio

8) San Cristoforo sul Naviglio (must see)

San Cristoforo sul Naviglio is a church complex in Milan comprising two churches. Situated along the left bank of the canal in a suburban area, these constructions are still identifiable. The one present on the left is the most ancient. Situated on the site of a Roman temple, the church was rebuilt in a Romanesque style. After the excavation of Naviglio Grande, this Romanesque construction was again restored in the 13th century. Gothic portal and rose window were added in the middle of the...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Eugenio45
Sight description based on wikipedia

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