Basilica di Santo Stefano Maggiore

Basilica di Santo Stefano Maggiore, Milan

Basilica di Santo Stefano Maggiore

Basilica di Santo Stefano Maggiore
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Neighborhood: Centro Storico
The pulsating core of Milan is in Centro. Duomo Square is enclosed by the gothic cathedral, the historic icon of Milan. However, shopping is what draws most crowds to this area. The classy and versatile Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with luxury boutiques and high quality restaurants will turn any shopping or lunch expedition into a royal experience. Head to the rooftop of the flagship La Rinascente to enjoy the view of the animated square with a panorama of the Duomo. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the street for high-end shopping. Brands of all kinds and street artists attract the attention of all visitors; while at Via Santa Radegonda 16, Luini Panzerotti is a much appreciated street food shop providing unimaginable culinary experiences. If shopping takes its toll on you, consider visiting Castello Sforzesco, a 15th century castle housing several museums. Those looking to relax can go to Parco Sempione, where nature provides respite from the energy of this dynamic and international city.
How to get there
  • San Babila • 7 min walk
  • Missori • 7 min walk
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy25,331 contributions
Not valued
Jul 2020
Large and historical church built on 5th century, now it need a restauration, walls are peeling. During history, it has undergone several recostructions, extension and restorations.
The facade is from 16th century while the bell tower was built two centuries later.
The column that can be seen in front of the church, on the right, is part of the basilica's nartex from 1112, which was the basilica's full-width atrium.
As soon as you enter, a plaque on the floor commemorates the assasination of Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza in 1476.
Many altars flank the side aisles , among these the chapel of the Trivulzio Family of 1531 stands out.
Many paintings hanging under the arches between the naves they remember the life of saint Anna.
In this church , in 1571, was baptized Michelangelo Merisi know as Caravaggio
Written 30 August 2020
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy25,331 contributions
Saint Zechariah and Saint Stephen
Jan 2020
Originally dedicated to both Saints it was later to Saint Stephen only.
Throughout its history, has undergone several reconstructions, expansion and restorations. It's also called St. Stephen in Brolo ( the historical name of the area ).
very large and largely neglected church of ancient origins, early Christian of the fifth century. The facade is from the 16th century while the bell tower two centuries later.
The column that can be seen in front of the church, on the right, is part of the nartex of the basilica of 1112, wich was the full-width atrium of the basilica.
As soon as you enter, a plaque on the floor commemoretes the assasination of Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza in december 1476.
many altars flank the side aisles, among these the chapel of the Trivulzio family from 1531 stands out.
Finally , in 2017 it was definitively attested that in this church, in 1571, Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, was baptized , denying the belief that he was originally from bergamo.
Written 18 March 2020
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stinkwink
Sydney, Australia7,382 contributions
Saint Stephen had protection.
Jun 2019
If I learned something during my church visits in Italy, it is better not to deal with the dates. For example, take the Basilica di Santo Stefano Maggiore. I read that it was built in 417 and was dedicated to Saint Zechariah. Wow, this will be interesting, I thought, and then I found a church that looked even younger than the medieval Baroque style. As it turned out in 1070, it burned down completely - Goodbye.
ancient building - so they rebuilt it in Romanesque style. Then it was restored, reconstructed, expanded and rebuilt, again and again. So now, it has to be a very expert architect, who can tell which is what? Later even changed her name. She was taken away from Saint Zechariah - surely he was a bad boy - and given to St. Stephen. The unfortunate bell tower also crashed, and now a version of 1642 is seen, with a tiny leftover from the original belfry.
Both sides of the entrance are decorated with ionic pilasters, and there are sculptures symmetrically in the two and two niches in the lower and upper part of the facade. There is also a statue on each side of the bell tower in the middle. Under the bells, clocks measure the passage of time. When I went there, accuracy could not be blamed on them. Except for the several occasion of changing the shape of the edifice, there are two events in its history. If we don’t count the assassination of Galeazzo Maria Sforza, the Basilica is famous for the fact, that Caravaggio was baptized here, and that solved the dispute about his birthplace.
The most significant advantage of the church interior is that it is cold and quiet, pleasant to sit and observe. It has the usual Baroque ornamentation, but they saved on gilding, though there are several beautiful stained glass windows. Interestingly, the two side naves are separated from the central nave by pictures hanging from the arches.
What was surprising is that instead of benches, there are ordinary and cheap metal lounge chairs with plastic seats. Good believers are forced to kneel on hard stone floors. Its no use, the ecclesia is poor.
Written 1 September 2019
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Thomas Ozbun
Vicenza, Italy982 contributions
Site of the assassination of the Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza in 1476
Jan 2018 • Solo
A nice Baroque church dating to the 18th century. This building is famous though for being the site of the assassination of the Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza in 1476.
Written 7 December 2018
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Patricia D
Amherst, MA1,856 contributions
Dark and Old
May 2018 • Friends
Everything has its beauty and mystery, I guess this church does too. Seemed very dark with darker pictures and alter area.
Wouldn’t seek it out with everything else there is to do.
Written 23 May 2018
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Pittsburgh, PA35,692 contributions
The Basicia is next to the Ossa Bones church
Nov 2017 • Couples
A very nice Basilica beside the Ossa Bones church. Very Dark beautiful and peaceful inside. There is no admission fee and worth a 15 minute visit.
Written 19 November 2017
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sarahpWiltshire
Trowbridge, UK768 contributions
Very dark dreary church
Aug 2016 • Couples
We were looking the the Ossuary and thought it was in this church........It is infact just next door!
Anyway we went inside and everything was rather dark and dreary with plaster falling off the ceiling, we thought we were on the set of a spooky movie and someone would slam the door and we would be in the pitch dark! We wandered down one side aisle to the front and then up the other side aisle to leave. We didn't spend more than five minutes here.
Ok if you like churches and architecture...................
Written 6 September 2016
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,775 contributions
An Attractive Church
May 2016 • Couples
San Stefano originated in the 5th century and was reconstructed in the 12 century after a fire destroyed it in 1075. The style of the church is now Neoclassic. The main chapel is quite attractive and the church is quite large.
Written 20 May 2016
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Ramona
Bucharest, Romania185 contributions
Famous
Mar 2014 • Couples
Close to the Duomo and the University. Famous building, representative for the period. The ceiling is particularly interesting.
Written 13 November 2014
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