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Pinacoteca di Brera
Brera Art Gallery
#The Palace with the Huge Painting Collection and Art School

The Brera Art Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera), in the heart of the bohemian district of Brera, is one of the most important museums in Milan and is considered one of the best and most important art galleries in Italy and around the world. Here you will experience an impressive display of art, displayed in an equally impressive structure.

In the gallery you will see quite a few famous works of art made by the greatest Italian painters and sculptors from the Renaissance, Baroque and up to the 20th century. Rafael and Caravaggio to Rembrandt and Francisco de Goya, some of the works here are very famous and are likely to be easily identified make visitors excited to see them.

By the way, Napoleon is the one to give credit to for having this place. During the 18th century, when he conquered Italy, he confiscated many works of art in many places and transferred them to Milan, which would become the Brera Art Gallery. As a result, the museum has grown into one of the richest and most impressive museums in the world.

The gallery, also known as the Pinacoteca Museum, is on the top floor of the Milan Art Academy. This is a 17th-century palace with a large collection of paintings, one of the most abundant in Italy. The building also houses the Di Belle Academy, the Milan Academy of Art, an art school established in 1776 by the Emperor's wife in Austria, Maria Theresa. This is an art school, considered the most important in Milan and northern Italy as a whole.



#Selected Works in the Gallery

Within the museum's vast collection there are Italian paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages until now. There are works from the 13th to the 20th century.

Titian, Rubens, Caravaggio, Raphael and many others - you can see works by well-known and respected artists, such as the religious paintings of "Dead Jesus" by Andrea Mantegna, or Giovanni Bellini's sorrowful "Pieta". Alongside them, a number of interesting archaeological findings are found in the gallery.

There are some particularly impressive religious works in the Brera Art Gallery that should not be missed:

Hall 6 - "Cristo Morto" by Mantegna, where Mantegna painted the expression of Jesus in a very emotional way and includes an innovative painting angle for the first time, painted from the feet up.

Hall 9 - the painting of Tintoretto from 1562, "Il Ritroframeo del Corpo di San Marco." Notice Michelangelo's chilling lighting for the burial cave and the heroic positions of the characters.

Hall 24 - In the magnificent painting of Della Francesca, “La Vergine con il Bambino e Santi”, Maria sits with the sleeping baby Jesus on her knees. Saints and angels surround her and next to her, kneeling, is Duke Federico. A masterpiece of meticulous description, great use of geometrical perspective, gentle lighting and great picture design, along with icons like the egg, a symbol of birth, and shells as a symbol of life.

Hall 24 - Raphael's "Sposalizio della Vergine," painted when he was 21, is a masterpiece of Renaissance art, which is expressed in amazing abstract symmetry and amazing dramatic movement.

Signorelli's "Flagellation" demonstrates a moment of dynamic action when the tortured six are whipped. The lashers lift the whip that is about to land on Jesus' chest. A wonderful description of a position for the same character, from different directions.



#Tips

Entrance is free under the age of 18.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/1oXneQqTAmI



The Gallery's Architecture:

https://youtu.be/MxUNMzaKEo0
Museo Civico Archeologico
Archaeological Civic Museum
#The City’s Museum of Archeology

In the heart of the city, in a number of ancient buildings, is Milan’s archaeological museum called the Archaeological Civic Museum (Museo Civico Archeologico). This museum presents many archaeological findings and remains from the Roman settlement of Mediolanum, which preceded Milan and the foundations on which the city was built.

The museum is located in interesting old buildings dating back to the 13th century, renovated and renewed in 2008. Look out to the back and see the ancient watchtower, which was part of Milan's defense system. Later it became a chapel where the monks prayed in the convent, which once housed the compound.

The museum complex is surrounded by gardens that are a quiet and ideal resting place for archeological enthusiasts. The complex combines ancient elements with beautifully landscaped gardens.



#What You Can See Here

Within the walls of the museum, you will find several spaces and complexes, each containing archaeological findings from different periods in the history of Milan.

Among the many exhibits here you can see sculptures, tools and a wealth of findings from the archaeological sites in the city and from all the ages of settlement in the area. Take the time to see the frescoes from the 13th century, which document scenes from the New Testament.

On the basement level there are collections of Greek art and Buddhist art, originating from the Afghan border with Pakistan.

On the first floor you will see findings from the Roman settlement of Mediolanum, on which modern Milan was built.

On the second floor there are exhibits with various findings, from prehistoric and Neolithic times to the Roman Empire.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/P1OhhNwoer8



Another Look:

https://youtu.be/ESGJnhq0-tI
San Lorenzo Maggiore
Basilica of San Lorenzo
#The Basilica that Survived Everything for 1,600 Years

The Basilica of San Lorenzo (San Lorenzo Maggiore) is one of the biggest and oldest churches in the city of Milan. Thanks to its exceptional architecture, this church attracts many tourists in Milan. This church is particularly impressive – from the tall and impressive Baroque dome of the church to the columns in front of it, which have become a real symbol.

These great Roman columns were named "Columns of San Lorenzo." These are the remains of the original church that existed here, a church from the 3rd century AD.

The basilica was built at about 400 AD. Over the years it has been hit several times, from fires and earthquakes. In the 16th century, it was restored while preserving the original Byzantine structure. The church has a selection of frescoes and mosaics, depicting stories from the New Testament, from the path of Jesus.

The basilica has 4 turrets that can be viewed from all over the city. From there you will see the steps and the park outside the church, where many of the city's tourists and city visitors come to sit.



#Tips

The opening hours of the church are: Sunday - 9:00 am - 7:00 pm. Monday-Saturday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm.

Around the basilica there are quite a few cafes, restaurants and good bars.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/NJfhlETkVcw?t=1m59s
Castello Sforzesco
Sforzesco Castle
#The Castle in the Heart of Milan and the Old Art Museums

Sforzesco Castle (Castello Sforzesco) is a huge medieval castle. This is an Italian noble house where dukes and rulers of the city nobility lived in the past.

The magnificent fortress of our time is a 100-year-old reconstruction of the great Renaissance fortress built around 1450 by Francesco Sforza. The Sforza family was one of the prominent aristocratic families living in Renaissance Milan. The castle is named after the family, The Sforzesco Castle.

Legend has it that Leonardo da Vinci himself was involved in the design of the building. Some claim that the painter and sculptor Michelangelo was one of the contributors to the design of the magnificent structure of the castle.

In any event, the rulers of the area and the city of Milan once lived in the fortress. Over the 500 years of its existence, it served faithfully the many rulers here, starting with the founders of Sforza, with each generations leaving their mark in turn. Its enormous splendor, over time, became a showcase of these nobles, to demonstrate power and prestige.

One of the most famous tenants who lived in the castle was Ludovico Sforza, who was the patron of the famous Leonardo da Vinci. This wealthy nobleman, together with his wife Beatrice, had assembled a rich and magnificent variety of pieces of art and expensive and impeccable furniture in the castle.

And so, in addition to the impressive medieval castle, there are now varied and wonderful museums. There are 12 different museums here, which show collections of art based on the works collected here from the previous centuries and were the basis for the huge collection currently displayed in the castle. These are the works of the greatest artists in Italy, from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.

After exploring the majestic citadel and seeing the treasures of the museums, you can go out and breathe fresh air in the inner courtyards of the castle. Wander around the magnificent gardens around it, or head out to the big park surrounding the fort. Some of the stylish and well-kept gardens around it are not just grand gardens, but real botanical gardens, with a huge variety of plants and flowers from all around the world.
What you can see here in the huge fortress are some of the most important museums in Italy. Among them are the Prehistory Museum, the Museum of Ancient and Medieval Art, the Museum of Applied Art and the Museum of Historical Instruments. Other museums in the castle are the Museum of Pure Art and the Museum of Egyptian Art.

These museums and others expose visitors, among others, to pieces of art made by some of the greatest artists in the history of art, such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Do not miss Pieta Rondanini, Michelangelo's last masterpiece.

Among other things, you can see frescoes, ancient frescoes, stunning works of art and Renaissance paintings and the Scuola Grande, which is in Pinacoteca. Pay attention to the works of Michelangelo, one of the greatest Renaissance artists.

Along with art, there is also an impressive collection of antique items, including furniture, carpets, weapons of war, musical instruments and even Egyptian art.

In the 38 museum halls, you can see one of Italy's most impressive collections of medieval and Renaissance art.



#Tips

Entrance is free of charge to the castle and gardens. Admission is free for museums, every first Sunday of every month and on Tuesdays from 2 pm. On the other days, the entrance to the museum costs about 5 euros, with a 50% discount for students and pensioners. After visiting the castle, you can slip away from the bustle of the city in Parco Sempione, a wonderful green lung, close to here that will allow you to relax after the abundance of museums.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/B40mqp36QSc

Must See in Milan

Last Supper
Cenacolo Vinciano
#Leonardo Da Vinci's Famous Fresco

It may be hard to believe, but one of the most famous paintings in the world is found in a dark dining room of a church, and only thanks to the meticulous reconstruction and preservation work that restored the important work from the danger of total annihilation, you are about to observe the monumental piece of art.

Because in Milan you will get the precious and exciting opportunity to see one of the most well-known, and frequently quoted pieces of art in the world. This is the fresco of Leonardo da Vinci's Cenacolo Vinciano. There are not many influential works like this, and is rightly considered one of the most esteemed artistic achievements in the history of art. Not to mention the myriad of interpretations, debates, and discussions that revolve around it.

The painting, created in 1498 by the Renaissance man and one of the greatest artists of all time, describes Jesus’s last meal, the Passover Seder, together with the twelve apostles who surround him. At that meal he would announce to his emissaries that one of them was to turn him over to the Romans.

Many believe this is the most famous mural in the world. Indeed, the painting of the dining room wall in the small Dominican convent of the Church of Santa Maria della Gracia has over the years been transformed into countless different cultural gestures, from the Simpsons to the Sopranos, the family crime series.

The church itself is very beautiful and unique. It was a Renaissance building severely damaged by the bombing of the city in World War II, in 1943, and was renovated after the war.



#About the Painting - Courtesy of Eureka Encyclopedia

"The Last Supper" is one of the most famous paintings in art history and one of the most important of Leonardo da Vinci's. It was completed at the end of the 15th century and has over the years won many cultural gestures, from artists who have created artistic gestures to TV shows such as the Simpsons and the Sopranos.

The painting probably describes what was the last Passover Seder of Jesus, with Jesus himself and his disciples. At this feast he declared that one of the twelve apostles would betray him and that he himself would die. By the way, the "Last Supper" was a subject many drew about during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

But Leonardo's "Last Supper" was a revolution – for the first time, Jesus and the twelve apostles were painted without halos of holiness. Leonardo tried (and succeeded) to present Jesus and his men as human beings rather than celestial saints, as was customary at the time.

The picture was drawn on the wall of a convent room in the city. The painting depicting Jesus and his friends was crumbling. The reconstructions of the work, the opening of a door on the wall on which it was painted, the attempt to move to another place, and even the bombing in World War II - all severely damaged it. Even a modern attempt to recreate the painting on the wall only obscured and spoiled what was without a doubt a glorious creation. Only in the last few decades the reconstruction has been more successful and completed, which restored some of the painting's dignity.

The painting uses a special perspective that creates a sense of depth. The diagonal lines seen in the windows and the ceiling give the picture a perspective by becoming narrower, just as the eye sees the deep, three-dimensional reality. This was Leonardo's specialty and he manages to attract the gaze of the beholder to the figure of Christ in the center of the painting.

The apostles' figures are divided into triads, a hint of the Holy Trinity that is so important to the Christians. There are six apostles on each side of Jesus. Pay attention to the depth of the characters and the movement embodied in each one. Especially of the traitor, Judas Iscariot, is clearly visible. There is a literary description in which Leonardo the artist is described as one who sought "the most corrupt man in the world" to be a model for Judas in the painting. In the book, he finally finds a German merchant who suits exactly what he is looking for.



#Tips

Since only 25 visitors are allowed to see the painting at any given time, visitors must buy an entry ticket in advance on the internet. It is also recommended to get in early in the morning, especially during high tourist season, and before the tourist groups arrive and noise levels are high.

The viewing slot for the painting is only fifteen minutes.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/QUFWEAAC19c
Chiesa di Sant'Eustorgio
Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio
#The Church with the Beautiful Chapel

The Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio (Chiesa di Sant'Eustorgio) in Milan is one of the most famous churches in Italy and around the world. The church is especially famous for its magnificent chapel.

The church was built in the 4th century, in the Romanesque style. It was built in honor of the bishop of Milan, Eustorgio I.

Together with the Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore, the Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio completes two historical sites that are both artistic and architectural, which form the splendor of Milan's creation.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/Hcwj6qfm7dY
Leonardo3
Leonardo3
#The Museum with the World of Leonardo da Vinci

The Leonardo 3 Museum is an interactive museum displaying “The Leonardo World” exposition, which deals with one of the greatest minds in the history of mankind.

This is a fascinating museum, one of Milan's best attractions that cannot be missed, and is great for a few hours with the children and the family. There are dozens of machines models and machines designed by Leonardo. Among them you can find a submarine, a rainbow rifle, a parachute, a mechanical dragonfly and many more.

The museum is a great place to see the groundbreaking ideas of the curious and creative inventor, the restless Renaissance man, who was the best example of the Renaissance, wide-ranging and multidisciplinary.

Apart from engineering and scientific inventions, you can also get an idea of ​​the artistic genius of Leonardo, as a painter. This begins with a digital copy of the famous painting "The Last Supper" and the analysis of the famous painting "Lady with an Ermine".

The museum is located in the heart of Milan, next to the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, between the Duomo and the La Scala Theater. Alongside the permanent exhibition, there is a variety of temporary exhibitions from other places.



#Tips

Do not confuse this museum with the Science and Technology Museum, which is named after Leonardo da Vinci and also deals with scientific and technological topics in general. These are two different museums located in different parts of the city.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/Df623obnTZk
Museo Scienza e Tecnica
Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo Da Vinci
#The Museum of Science and Technology of Milan

Founded in 1953, the Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo Da Vinci (Museo Nazionale Della Scienza e Tecnica) is a museum named after the Renaissance genius, scientist, inventor and artist Leonardo Da Vinci. It is housed in a 16th-century monastery.

At the National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan, you will see exhibits reviewing the development of science. This is an interesting review of scientific development throughout the ages. Along with science, one can learn from the technological representations that demonstrate the discoveries and developments in the world of technology and how they have contributed and changed the course of history.

The attraction here and a particularly interesting thing is the building dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci. This section presents fascinating models based on drawings made by the genius. This is a great place for science enthusiasts and children who discover the world of the classic Renaissance man – both artist and inventor, both researcher and scientist and also a man of medicine.

With the help of the most innovative technology in the world, children and youth can learn here how the genius mind worked.



#What is There to See Here?

The Science and Technology Museum contains seven different areas, each offering educational displays for children and interactive activities. There are quite a few models and interactive devices that children who experience them learn various scientific principles.

It might be hard to believe, but the museum has more than 16,000 scientific and technological exhibits. These are displayed in various sections of the museum.

Among the departments of the rich and large museum are the Departments of Transport and Energy, the Space Department, a department dedicated to the work of Leonardo da Vinci and more. There are many models that were built according to the plans and drawings of the genius inventor and according to experiments he conducted in various fields, such as energy and communications.

Quite a bit of the museum is dedicated to the history and development of science and technology in Italy. There is an emphasis here on the innovations that various Italian inventors have contributed to the world, in a variety of inventions such as the radio, the submarine and the helicopter.

In the New Frontiers Department, you can see Enrico Toti's submarine, as well as a rock brought back from the moon, and the Italian passenger ship SS Conte Biancamano.



#About Leonardo de Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was perhaps the greatest artist and inventor of all time. This is a man who dealt in a variety of fields and in all of them he excelled in brilliance. There has not been a man in human history who has so wondrously explored, created, discovered and planned like Leonardo da Vinci. He believed that art, science, and nature were closely linked.

That is also how he managed his time. In his life, Leonardo worked in various fields and emerged as a painter, sculptor, scientist, engineer, mathematician, anatomist, inventor, architect and also an outstanding musician. Many see Leonardo as a classic Renaissance man, dealing with a variety of areas, and not only one.

As an inventor, he invented and came up with innumerable inventions, most of them, revolutionary to his time and ahead of their time by hundreds of years. These include inventions such as a bicycle, helicopter, submarine, parachute, tank, flying machine, water skiing equipment, diving suit, mechanical knight, a drum that plays alone and many more.

At the same time, many see Leonardo as one of the greatest painters in art history. He painted barely 20 paintings but left a remarkable legacy in the history of painting and the most famous paintings in history. The most prominent of these is, of course, the Mona Lisa, the most important and famous painting in the world, which is located in the Louvre Museum in Paris. The "Last Supper," Leonardo's painting on the wall of the dining room of a convent in Milan, was also considered one of the most important artistic pearls of the Renaissance.

By the way, Leonardo da Vinci’s last name was not an ordinary surname, but a link to the city where he grew up: Leonardo from the city of Vinci.



#Tips

For a long visit in the museum bring food and drinks with you. There is no cafeteria.

The museum hosts activities and workshops for children, in English as well. They are held on Tuesdays – Fridays from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday – Sunday 9:30 am to 6:30 pm.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/X1cp9J1Ygrw


Piazza del Duomo
Piazza del Duomo
#The Main Square of Milan

Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) is the main and most famous square of Milan. At the heart of the square sits the undisputed queen of the city, the Duomo. This is the central and breath-taking cathedral of Milan.

But apart from the impressive cathedral, this main square shows other treasures. In the center of the square you can see the statue of the King of Italy, riding on his horse. The statue of the rider is Vittorio Emanuele II, who was the first king of the United Kingdom of Italy in the 19th century. This king, Vittorio Emanuele II, fought to unite Italy and in 1861 was proclaimed King of united Italy.

Not far from the king's monument, is the first mall in the world, also named after the king, "Gallery Vittorio Emanuele II." It is a luxurious shopping center from the 19th century. Shopping here is not a necessity, but the beauty and glory of the place are an experience worth visiting, whether you intend to buy things or not.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/SRUXl0wyvLY
Duomo Milan
#The Largest Gothic Cathedral in the World

The Cathedral of Milan, or the Duomo Milan in the center of city, is where the Archbishop of Milan sits and it's the central cathedral, the city's unrivaled pearl. This is the largest and most impressive Gothic cathedral in the world, a truly breathtaking church.

It took almost 600 years to build the Duomo, built in 1386 by Archbishop Antonio da Saluzzo. It was built where the Basilica of San Giovanni El Ponte, built in the late 4th century was destroyed by a fire, that stood before.

The dimensions of the Duomo are unbelievable. The area is 148 by 157 meters, with a height of 108.5 meters at the peak, in the Madonna statue area. It can accommodate no less than 40,000 worshipers. It is not only the world's largest Gothic cathedral and the second largest Catholic cathedral in the world, many see the Duomo as the most magnificent of the Gothic churches in Italy.

The cathedral, located in the Duomo Square, has a dazzling artistic design, both from the outside and from the inside. The large stained-glass windows of the choir here are considered the largest in the world. The marble floor that was laid here more than 600 years ago is glamorous and prestigious to this day. The whole cathedral is covered with white marble on the outside, and it holds over 3,500 sculptures!

But the statues, the frescoes and the mosaics, the luxurious marble floor, the coffins of the archbishops and the impressive stained-glass windows here are nothing compared to the grandeur of the gigantic, breathtaking Gothic structure that stands in the heart of Milan, a sparkling jewel decorated with 135 turrets.

Like cathedrals in many European cities, Milan’s Cathedral is the city center. It is hard to miss the beauty and splendor it radiates and the huge number of tourists who sit at its feet every hour of the day. Also throughout the year, it is the most central place in the city. Here, Christmas is celebrated in the winter, and most of the tourists' tours take place here in the summer.



#The Duomo Architecture

Construction of the Duomo began in 1386 and lasted 600 years. The influence of the French Gothic style on the architecture is evident. Although completed only in 1958, its style remained Gothic. In the past, there were still neo-classical influences, but at the beginning of the 20th century, they were removed to keep it pure Gothic style.

The cathedral is covered with white marble, its length is 157 meters, its height in the Madonna statue area is 108.5 meters. 40,000 worshipers can stand in it. Inside the church has 135 turrets and close to 3,500 sculptures.

The Duomo stands in the center of the vast square designed by the architect Giuseppe Mengoni in 1895.



#What is Here?

The Duomo is a beautiful Gothic-Italian cathedral. It contains sarcophagi of archbishops, magnificent paintings, sculptures, stained glass windows and windows with Christian stories. It is a carefully designed church filled with interesting details. Here are some of the things that are worth paying attention to.

Notice the stained-glass windows from the 15th century onwards. A view from the interior of the church during the day will illuminate the stained-glass windows in splendid colors. Notice that they are different, each stained glass according to the period in which it was created and by the artistic nature.
In the curator's hall, you will see dozens of Christian works of art from the 4th to the 12th century.

Christian believers are particularly excited here by a small nail that stands above the altar and is presented to the public only once a year. This is a nail that they believe was part of the cross on which Jesus was crucified.
In the basement of the church, you can watch the remains of the ancient church that was here in the 4th century.

As you exit the Duomo outside, take a moment to look at the magnificent doors of the church. There are five of them here, and they are a masterpiece of meticulous etching.

Among the thousands of sculptures in the church, there is a uniform line. Most of them describe important moments and images in the history of Christianity and the city of Milan.

In the outer structure of the Duomo, look at the Gothic head sculptures, called "Gargoyles." Such statues of the head are found in many Gothic churches and are intended to frighten demons and evil spirits, so they do not enter the church.



#The Duomo Roof

One of the best things to do when visiting here is looking down from the roof of the church. Between the Gothic towers, you can look out over the entire Duomo and on a clear day on the roof of the Duomo, you can see all the way to the Alps. The views from here are breathtaking!

On the left side of the Duomo you will see stairs and an elevator. Go up to the roof of the Duomo, it’s about 150 steps, and enjoy the magnificent view from above.

In addition to the sight of the city and the landscape from it, you can also enjoy the stroll through the many towers and statues. The most significant of them is the statue of Holy Madonna, the Virgin Mary, who protects the city. This is the golden statue, 5 meters high, which marks the highest point of the Duomo. It has been admired by the city's residents for many years.



#Game for Kids

Do the children need a distraction during the visit here? - Let them compete in finding the most statues of something or someone. For example, who finds the most statues of a woman? Of Jesus? Of a demon on the wall (usually outside)? Who can count first how many sculptures there are on the roof?



#Tips

Entrance is free of charge.

The best time to visit here is in the daylight, so the stained-glass windows and the windows are a great color.

Come dressed modestly.

Climb the stairs, it’s a matter of five minutes. Also, it’s a financial savings of 5 euros per person and a great way to experience one of the church's experiences.

Do not bring in many unnecessary objects, because your belongings may be checked at the entrance to the cathedral.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/ei7-tje8nY0



Another Look:

https://youtu.be/g70IlbxTrhg
Santa Maria delle Grazie
#The Basilica of da Vinci's Last Supper

The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is an impressive basilica famous for having one of the most famous paintings in the history of art and the world – Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper.

The painting is a prime tourist attraction, but the basilica itself is also worth the visit, as the basilica is a masterpiece of the famous Renaissance architect Donato Bramante. While its interior is full of bright lights and constitutes a real triumph of harmony, on the outside, it is gently carved. Its nave was built in a Gothic style.

The impressive dome built above the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is also one of the finest works of the Italian Renaissance. All these made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



#Tips

The entrance to the basilica is free. Payment is only for entering and viewing the "Last Supper," which is in a separate building.

The entrance to see the painting is for 25 visitors at a time. So, it is necessary to book tickets to look at the painting a few months before the visit here. See the tag of the Last Supper.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/QS66rVYl_Ts



Another Look:

https://youtu.be/QUFWEAAC19c
Church of Saint Maurice al Monastero Maggiore
#The Amazing Church of Milan

The Church of Saint Maurice al Monastero Maggiore (Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore) is a 16th-century royal chapel and one of the most prominent landmarks of the city of Milan. Many see it as the hidden jewel of the city's crown. Even if the church is not impressive or special on the outside, when you enter it, you can understand why many here call it "the Sistine Chapel of Milan."

This church is breathtaking. The interior of the church is filled with frescoes, especially spectacular murals, painted by the artist Bernardino Luini, a painter who worked with Leonardo da Vinci. In many of the frescoes, Luini commemorated Ippolita Sforza and other donors who gave money for designing the chapel.

The heart-wrenching part is hidden from view. If you enter through a small door on the left side of the altar, you will come to an isolated hall where martyrs are shown, carrying their agonies in peace. Two of the sanctities are beautiful and Christian girls, who became holy, after being tortured because they refused to give themselves to the pagan Romans. They saw the beautiful-eyed Santa Lucia, whose eyes had been pierced because she had converted to Christianity, holding her lost eyes calmly. Beside her is a painting by St. Agatha, whose breasts were cut down by pagans and she carries them on a platter.

Originally the church was built on the remains of the Roman ancient city circus. It is built in the Renaissance style and is now managed by monks from a Christian religious order. Many consider it a mandatory site in Milan and they are not mistaken. This is one of the most beautiful sites in the city. If you have the chance to attend the church choir performance, you will enjoy your visit here even more and you will have one of your most special experiences in Milan.



#Tips

Entrance is free for visitors without a guide.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/XkasKx1Eumc


Another Look:

https://youtu.be/BU9EUG_cYEc
Teatro alla Scala
#The Most Famous Opera House in the World

Whether you enjoy classical music or pop music, why not visit one of the world's most important opera houses?

La Scala is probably the most famous opera house in the world. There is no singer, dancer, or classical conductor who would not dream of performing here. The audience at La Scala is famous not only for the cheers and enthusiastic applause that promotes artists it likes, but also for heckling the artists they dislike.

Here were the premieres of the greatest classical composers of Italy, such as Verdi, Rossini and Puccini. Every evening, the biggest stars of the opera world and the greatest conductors lead the performance of the best operas in the world.

The amazing thing is that despite the tremendous importance of this opera house and theater, it is hard to believe, from the outside, that this is the place. Its structure is very simple, at least according to the accepted European standards. The feeling changes only when you enter and are exposed to the splendor and elegance of the spaces and halls of the building. The feeling when you will walk in La Scala is that you are walking in a typical chapel of the European nobility. After being destroyed by fire, its neoclassical building was rebuilt at the end of the 18th century.

This hall hosts the best opera singers in the world every evening. Its main hall has 2,000 seats and magnificent upper galleries. Pay attention to the high ceiling and its characteristic red and gold colors.

La Scala, just minutes away from the Duomo, is also the largest theater in Europe. In addition to the large hall, there are other luxurious halls, where for many years they have been holding magnificent balls and glamorous cultural evenings. There are also ballet performances, concerts and other cultural performances here, and this place is one of the most important cultural centers of the entire city.

The building also houses the Theater Museum of La Scala, which is a fascinating and impressive place in itself. Read more about it by clicking the tag "Teatro alla Scala".



#Theater Architecture

The elegant theater of the Opera House was planned in 1776 by neo-classical architect Giuseppe Piermarini. The building was built here after the Teatro Regio Ducale Theater burned down, the former theater which was used by the city's residents for years.

The name of the theater and the opera La Scala originates from the fact that the theater was built where the steps of the Church of Santa Maria were once located. "Scala" in Italian means a staircase.

The main hall of the theater, with its high ceiling, is decorated with elegant and luxurious colors of red and gold. The hall has 2,000 seats. It also has very luxurious upper galleries, which are worth visiting. The smaller halls in the building are grand halls, used for glamorous banquets and prestigious cultural evenings.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/mzdxAEJUi0k
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
#The Gallery that is the Oldest Mall in the World

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, opened in 1877, and is the world's first indoor mall. The residents of Milan, love it very much and affectionately refer to it as the "Milan Lounge" or in Italian "Il Salotto di Milano".

The gallery is named after the first king of Italy, Vittorio Emanuel II. Even if you do not buy here, you should see the unique design of the ancient shopping center, located on the north side of the Duomo Square.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the most impressive sites in the city. Notice its mosaic floor that a lot was put into. Look at the impressive glass ceiling above you. Take a look at the beautiful frescoes and the shop windows of one of the oldest and central fashion centers in Italy and perhaps in Europe as a whole.

At the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II along with a collection of luxury stores, fashion designer stores and expensive jewelry stores, one can find fine gelato stores, gourmet restaurants, luxury cafes and more.

For a long time, the gallery had been the place where the locals of Milan met. Besides the locals, many tourists and shopping enthusiasts flock to the gallery every day, where the flagship stores of big designers such as Prada, which opened here in 1913 are located, or old restaurants such as the Baffy Cafe established in 1867 and the Savini restaurant, which was established in 1884.

The entrance to the beautiful indoor building from the Duomo Square is through an entrance gate designed as a spectacular triumphal gate, made of marble and granite. From there, the gallery leads up to Piazza della Scala, where the city's famous opera house, the Teatro La Scala, is located. Next to it is Milan's city hall, known as the Palazzo Marino.



#What is Here?

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a kind of metaphor for the entire city of Milan. In its neoclassical architecture it combines the old and the new and offers in one place the best of fashion, luxury and prestige.
From the world of fashion, such as Prada, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Gucci to expensive jewelry stores, from Swarovski stones to Bransoni's silverware, this spectacular mall features designer stores and the finest brands. Alongside them are art galleries, along with bookstores, cafes and gourmet restaurants, such as those of the famous Gucci, Zucca and Baffy cafes.



#The Sad Story of the Architect of the Gallery

One of the saddest stories in the history of architecture took place here. It is associated with the architect of the elegant and impressive shopping palace – the architect Giuseppe Mengoni. Mengoni won the design competition with his plan of a building that will link Piazza Duomo in Milan to the Piazza della Scala near Milan's Opera House.

Inspired by the historic Passages Couverts of Paris and the Burlington Arcade in London (perhaps the prototype of today's indoor shopping centers), Mengoni proposed in the competition a construction of a commercial avenue with a glass-and-steel ceiling that will connect the squares.

He proposed and won. It soon became clear that Mengoni was in love with this project. He designed it for all its details, taking great care in choosing the materials, the overall design, and the meticulous and uncompromising finishing of every detail in the magnificent building that was built in Milan.

In those days Italy was united and in the light of the turbulent time of those days, Mengoni filled the gallery with patriotic symbols that expressed the unity and the trust he had in the young state. Perhaps it was a mystical feeling that this would be his greatest architectural legacy, but Mengoni gave his life to this project. And not just metaphorically. Because just before the construction was finished, the day before the impressive gate of the magnificent building was inaugurated, something happened. While examining the last touches of the project, Mengoni fell to his death from a scaffold on which he stood, near the arch. So, the architect that was in love with the project did not get to see how his gallery became a great success and how it became, from a project designed to connect two major attractions in the city, to history itself, as the first shopping mall ever.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/ik44gLUwyjM


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