Despite the fact that today the external appearance of Milan is defined primarily by modern architecture, in this city you can find a lot of historical places and sights. During superficial knowledge there is often a rather one-sided view on Milan. In fact, this city is something much bigger than just industrial metropolis: when you nearer you approach the center, you meet more frequently beautiful old houses, churches and squares. To review all of the sights, including Milan is rich, without fail, you need a few days.
Milan Cathedral (or Duomo di Milano)
Is a main attraction of Milan? The majestic cathedral Santa Maria Nachente (Santa Maria Nascente) dominates the center of the city. This is one of the largest Gothic churches in the world, its height is 157 m and the width – 92 m. Construction of the cathedral began in the fourteenth century and was finished only after a few centuries, it is more accurate in the nineteenth century. The cathedral is able to shake the imagination not only by its façade, but its interior. Mausoleums, bronze chandelier of 5 m long, magnificent choirs, and the stained glass windows of the sixteenth century – you can go on the list of objects that deserve attention. The building roof opens by the view of Milan.
Unlike the Cathedral, the construction of the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church lasted only a quarter of the century, the church is dated XV century and is one of the most beautiful churches in Milan’s Renaissance . It was also built near the convent of Santa Maria, the main curiosity is surely the prominent fresco by Leonardo da Vinci “Last Supper”, it is installed in the old refectory of the convent. The great work of beaucuoup was sometimes very difficult injury, he suffered multiple restorations, so today access to see this masterpiece is limited: you have to book the ticket two days before the visit.
St. Ambrose Basilica.
(Sant’Ambrogio): Former Bishop Ambrose of Milan (IV century) – the protector of Milan. The temple bears his name and is the oldest church in the city. Many people believe that it is the most beautiful from its simplicity. Before the basilica is famous by the sarcophagus located here is the sarcophagus of the Roman commander Stilicho. Also one can see the golden altar of IX century and the chapel of St. Vittore V century mosaic gold under the dome.
Brera art gallery.
(Pinacoteca di Brera). This is one of the leading museums of Milan, here exposing the largest collection of Italian painting. Most of the work belonged to churches and convents, and they are found here at the time of Napoleon. One of the most beautiful paintings in the gallery is “Virgin’s Wedding” by Raphael, however, in the Brera one can also find the works of other great masters, for example, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Goya and El Greco.