Churches of Milan

Churches of Milan is an excerpt from the book Milan by Enrico Massetti.

Duomo - detail
Duomo – detail
The Magnificent Churches Of Milan

Author: Steve Kevin

Milan is one of the most modern cities in Italy. It is a city famous for its shopping being home to many of the signature Italian brands such as Ferragamo, Christian Dior, and Armani. In every corner in Milan, you can find a fashionable boutique that attests to the city’s reputation as one of the fashion centers of the world.

On the flip side, Milan is also home to the world’s most magnificent architectures including the oldest churches in Italy. The capital of the late Roman Empire, it stood as Italy’s pride and power of the Catholic Church. You can walk around Milan and see magnificent churches that are timeless as they are beautiful.

Duomo di Milano
Duomo di Milano Photo © Silvia Massetti

1. The Duomo. Built in 1386, the Duomo is Milan’s most popular cathedral. It is a massive Gothic structure with a white marble floor and pillars. Outside, you can see impressive spires that seem to reach for the sky. Statues are also found in the exterior and frescoes cover the facade both inside and outside.

You can take the bus or train to the Duomo. If you are near the area, it would be best to take a stroll and view the equally beautiful sights along the way. The church opens at 9:00 in the morning and closes at 5:30 in the afternoon. Be sure though to wear something appropriate. No revealing clothes for the women and bags are required to be deposited at the entrance.

Sant’Ambrogio Photo © Silvia Massetti

2. Saint Ambrose. This church is representative of the colorful and heavily ornate design of the Byzantine era. This church survived the bombing during World War II, but some reconstruction was required to revive this beautiful building. It has inside some of the world’s most beautiful Byzantine mosaics that can just take your breath away.

Santa Maria delle Grazie
Santa Maria delle Grazie Photo ©

3. Saint Mary of the Graces (Santa Maria delle Grazie). This is a World Heritage Site protected by UNESCO and is famous for housing Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper located at the refectory in the convent of the church. Ordered by the Francesco Sforza, the Duke of Milan, Santa Maria delle Grazie was started in 1469 and completed in 1490.

The convent was the first to be completed and housed Dominican friars and nuns. Later, the church was added and Ludovico Sforza, the succeeding duke decided to make the church the family’s official burial ground. Today, visitors can go in and view da Vinci’s masterpiece which, due to the wars that ensued, reduced the painting only to one-fourth of the original.

Sant’Eustorgio Photo ©

4. Basilica of Saint Eustorgio. The bell tower of the picturesque Basilica of Saint Eustorgio is one of its many interesting architectural aspects. Instead of the usual cross on top which marks it as a Catholic Church, the Basilica’s bell tower has the form of a star which signifies the Three Magi or Kings whose tombs are enshrined here. The Basilica built in the 14th century is named after Saint Eustorgio II. It was believed that the remains of the Three Magi were discovered by Saint Helena in 314. She brought them to Constantinople, and from there, Saint Eustorgio II traveled the remains to Milan.

The Portinari Chapel inside the Basilica is a striking example of Renaissance art featuring frescoes and marble sepulcher.

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Lombardia in Cucina: The Flavours of Lombardy

Milan-style risotto, pizzoccheri Valtellinesi, and pumpkin tortelli to start; casoeula, Milan-style cutlets, frogs stewed in tomato to follow, and to send, a slice of sbrisolona cake or panettone.
Lombardy surprises with the richness of its culinary traditions and natural ingredients, which modernity has barely affected.
"Milano in Cucina" captures this kaleidoscope of flavours, with contributions from some of the most celebrated chefs on the culinary scene, who pay homage to their territory, and whose skill is able to present a modern vision in keeping with the region's progressive spirit.

The Italian Academy of Cuisine
La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy

Fifty years ago, a group of Italian scholars gathered to discuss a problem: how to preserve traditional Italian cooking. They formed the Italian Academy of Cuisine to document classic recipes from every region. The academy’s more than seven thousand associates spread out to villages everywhere, interviewing grandmothers and farmers at their stoves, transcribing their recipes—many of which had never been documented before. This is the culmination of that research, an astounding feat—2,000 recipes that represent the patrimony of Italian country cooking. Each recipe is labeled with its region of origin, and it’s not just the ingredients but also the techniques that change with the geography. Sprinkled throughout are historical recipes that provide fascinating views into the folk culture of the past. There are no fancy flourishes here, and no shortcuts; this is true salt-of-the-earth cooking. The book is an excellent everyday source for easily achievable recipes, with such simple dishes as White Bean and Escarole Soup, Polenta with Tomato Sauce, and Chicken with Lemon and Capers. For ease of use there are four different indexes. La Cucina is an essential reference for every cook’s library.

Milano in Cucina: The Flavours of Milan
The famous Risotto Alla Milanese gets its golden hue from the precious spice saffron. Legend has it that the dish came about when a Milanese painter decided to gild the risotto served at his wedding banquet with a harmless gold-colored dye. In Milan, they traditionally serve Risotto Alla Milanese with ossobuco (braised veal shank).
Traditionally made with raisins and candied citron, or with a creamy cream filling, the light, fluffy brioche-like bread called panettone may be tall or short, covered with chocolate or flavored with various liquors, but it’s always a symbol of the Christmas season.
With its hallmark domed shape, panettone graced Christmas tables in Milan since at least the 15th-century. Common knowledge claims its invention is from Milan. It is the most famous Christmas Lombardia food.

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