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Culture of Milan. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Castello Sforzesco, Milan A walk on the famous Piazza Mercanti is an excellent way to get acquainted with the cultural heritage of Milan. The street is the location of numerous outstanding historic buildings. Loggia degli Osii is a beautiful medieval building famous for its graceful balcony, which is built of black and white marble slabs. The whole building is erected by the order of Duke Matteo Visconti. Panigarola- a beautiful Gothic building – is located nearby. In the 15th century the building hosted the local Registration Chamber. The construction of Palace of Counsel was completed in 1562. Today, however, only a portion of its facade is visible from the street. Keep walking in this part of the city and you will see a beautiful Paris Commune Tower - a beautiful monument of the 17th century. The roof of the building is decorated with a beautiful statue of St. Ambrose.
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Milan is home to a huge number of museums, in which you can see unique historical artifacts and art objects. Castello Sforzesco is now home for a beautiful museum, which houses collections of rare paintings and sculptures. Besides this, the halls of the museum are decorated by very rare and precious museum pieces - antique furniture and tapestries. Poldi Pezzoli Museum is located in one of the oldest mansions in Milan. Several centuries ago the house belonged to a well-known collector, who initially had an irresistible passion for armor and knight ammunition, but later began collecting rare and precious paintings. Nowadays everyone can see this wonderful collection created by Poldi-Pezzoli.
Church of St. Lorenzo is a truly striking religious attraction. Every year the church is visited by thousands of pilgrims. One of the greatest artists - Michelangelo – worked over painting and decorating the walls of the church. Church of St. Lorenzo has the full right to be considered one of the most beautiful churches in the world. The main relic of the cathedral, which is the object of worship of pilgrims, is a vessel with the blood of St. Lorenzo. Only one time a year the priceless relic is exhibited to the public. Pilgrims from many different countries come here to see the sacred item. Copyright
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The beautiful Cathedral of Santa Maria delle Grazie is not only an important religious and architectural landmark. The church keeps numerous valuable icons, the most famous of which is the "Last Supper" of the great painter Leonardo da Vinci. It is also worth visiting Basilica of Sant 'Ambrogio, which also stores some unique relics. The interior of the basilica is decorated with amazing paintings. The most valuable artifact has been keeping in the basilica starting from 1230. This is a crystal vessel with the blood of Christ.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Milan It is impossible to imagine acquaintance with Milan without visiting or at least taking a quick glance at Duomo di Milano. This is a real landmark of the city and its most important artifact is a nail taken from the Holy Crucifixion. The masterpiece of Gothic architecture attracts thousands of tourists every year, not in the least due to the fact that Leonardo da Vinci, who lived and worked here for a while, contributed to the construction of the cathedral. It is worth climbing to the roof of the building, as the impressive panoramic views that open up from here will amaze right about any tourist.
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The great genius, Leonardo da Vinci, also took part in the design of two channels – Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese. Walking here will give anyone some amount of pleasure, especially knowing that this is a truly historic place. However, Milan is such a town in itself: Ludovico Moro or Silvio Berlusconi (who was born in the capital Lombardy) could once walk in the provincial courtyard. If you were to look at Bosco Verticale, you would definitely find out that there is an incredibly beautiful view here. These “green houses”, fascinate from the very first minutes. It seems that this is what the modern house of elves looks like.
Castello Sforzesco (Piazza Castello - Milan) Many are fascinated by Cimitero Monumentale too, which is located relatively close to Bosco Verticale. This cemetery which is a kind of concealed treasure, have real works of art hidden in it. Also, it is worth mentioning a couple of words about another remarkable attraction of the capital Lombardy – the opera La Scala. The building which is constructed in a neoclassical style draws attention immediately. However, once you have just gotten inside, you can be surprised that not even some fancy palace can boast of such a luxury as you will find here. Nearby is the Museo Teatrale alla Scala, which is also worth visiting.
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The best viewing platform after the roof of Duomo di Milano is the Torre Branca. It was built in the 1930’s on the territory of Parco Sempione, which, in its own way, is a great place for a leisurely walk. The museum La Triennale di Milano is also located here. The majestic Arco della Pace gate opens the entrance to the park. There is the Arena Civica, numerous fountains and sculptural compositions among other attractions of the park, the most interesting of which were the four mermaids who once adorned Naviglio Grande. Another amazing building is the Rotonda della Besana. This is a church which was built in the 19th century in the place of a former hospital cemetery, for the reason that surgeons took dead bodies from here for operations.
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Milan Cathedral, Milan

» The Milan Cathedral is one of the main attractions of Milan located in the historic center of the city.
» The Cathedral is built of white marble in the Flamboyant Gothic style.
» The Milan Cathedral is the fifth largest church in the world. The temple can accommodate up to 40,000 people.
» There are about 3,400 statues in the cathedral.
»  The main attraction inside the cathedral is the golden statue of patron saint of Milan.
» The roof of the Milan Cathedral offers the most spectacular views of the city.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan

» The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is the shopping mall in Milan, one of the first European passages.
» The gallery bears the name of King Victor Emmanuel II.
» The building of the gallery was built by architect Giuseppe Mengoni, who died during construction.
» The building is designed in form of a Latin cross, which is decorated with mosaics depicting the four continents (except Australia), as well as allegories of art, agriculture, science and industry.
» The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is home to many famous shops (Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton), famous cafes and restaurants. The gallery also regularly hosts concerts and exhibitions.

Sforza Castle, Milan

» The Sforza Castle is one of the most famous castles in Italy, which is the residence of the Dukes of Milan of Sforza Dynasty.
» Currently, the Sforza Castle is a group of museums (dedicated to ancient Egypt, prehistoric era, musical instruments, utensils and others) featuring a single ticket for entrance (free admission on Fridays in the afternoon).
» The hall for ball games and elephant portico in the palace were perfectly preserved to this days.
» You can also see the last (unfinished) sculpture by Michelangelo, Pieta Rondanini, in the castle.
» The Sforza Castle can boast paintings by Mantegna, Giovanni Bellini, Filippino Lippi, Pontormo and Correggio, as well as a curious collection of musical instruments.

Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan

» Santa Maria delle Grazie is the main church of the Dominican convent in Milan, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
» The church boasts one of the most famous frescoes in the world, The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.
» During World War II the refectory of the church was bombed by Anglo-American air forces, but the fresco by Leonardo da Vinci has miraculously survived.
» There is admission fee in the temple. Visitors are allowed to spend there only a quarter of an hour; taking photos inside is prohibited.

Basilica of Sant Ambrogio, Milan

» The Basilica of Sant Ambrogio is the church built in 379-386 AD by Ambrose Mediolano at the burial site of the early Christian martyrs in Milan.
» The first church was called the Basilica of the Martyrs.
» The church houses the relics of St. Ambrose, a priceless treasure for all Christians.
» Next to St. Ambrose relics of martyrs Gervasius and Protasius can be seen. The basilica is also the burial site for the remains of Emperor Louis II.
» There are many priceless ancient objects dating back to 4-9th centuries, as well as many beautiful frescoes of 14th century and mosaics of 6-8th centuries.
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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Milan
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Litta' Milan, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Castello Sforzesco' Milan, 1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Royal Villa of Monza' Monza, 15.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Milan and around
♥   Art museum 'Museo del Novecento' Milan, 0.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Pinacoteca Ambrosiana' Milan, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museo Poldi Pezzoli' Milan, 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Pinacoteca di Brera' Milan, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Castello Sforzesco' Milan, 1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Milan
♥   Basilica di S. Lorenzo, Mortara, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Ambrogio, Milano, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Celso, Milano, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Maria delle Grazie, Milano, 1.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica del Corpus Domini, Milano, 2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Maria di Caravaggio, Milano, 2.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Antonio di Padova, Milano, 2.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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