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Milan


[image ALT: A very large marble church, wider than it is tall, at the back of a square maybe the size of 4 city blocks. It is a view of the cathedral of Milan (Italy).]

The pride of the city is its celebrated cathedral,
clad in white marble, 500 years in the building.


[image ALT: flying buttresses and Gothic traceries in the Flamboyant style]

The Duomo of Milan is the third-largest church in the world.


[image ALT: an archway across a street]

The Archi di Porta Nuova: a medieval gate at the end of the via Manzoni (one of the city's most expensive shopping streets), incorporating several Roman funerary stelae and inscriptions.


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Sant' Ambrogio is one of the oldest and most interesting churches in Europe: an imperial chapel splendiferous with 4c mosaics; a number of fascinating inscriptions including a famous one recording the career of Pliny the Younger; the sarcophagus of Stilicho; in a glass case in the crypt, the bodies of SS. Gervase and Protase, and of St. Ambrose who found them — and then the frescoes, the sculpted capitals, the bronzes. . . .
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[image ALT: mosaic of an angel against a gold ground]

San Lorenzo is another church with Late Antique imperial associations, Roman period frescoes and ancient sarcophagi; its forecourt preserves a Roman temple colonnade.


[image ALT: an ornate tower]

Sant' Eustorgio yet another church of hoary antiquity. I didn't like it very much, but there's stuff in it, alright.


[image ALT: a glass roof]

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is your quintessential 19c public edifice. It's not a church, a government building, a fortress or a palace. It's a shopping mall, erected to the glory of bourgeois comfort. A nice one, too.


[image ALT: the top of a medieval tower]

The Castello Sforzesco is to my mind a disagreeable place; but it's huge and thoroughly medieval, and just one very small section of it houses four  interesting museums.


[image ALT: arcades of a large Renaissance cloister]

The Cà Grande: a medieval hospital built around a very large cloister. This intellectual-looking scansion of columns now appropriately houses part of the University.


[image ALT: a colonnaded belfry]

Lesser churches: S. Antonio S. Babila S. Fedele • S. Francesco di Paola • S. Gottardo • S. Maria della Vittoria • S. Nazaro • S. Stefano and S. Bernardino alle Ossa • S. Vito


[image ALT: a weathered excavation in a large plot of grass]

And we can surely not forget the Roman amphitheatre.


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