Milan: Bones & Couture

Milan is one of the fashion capitals of the world.  It’s synonymous with couture and luxury.

Sights:

San Bernadino Chapel was the first place I saw. It’s a bone chapel. Every bone chapel has a similar story. The city was expanding and cemeteries were running out of room.  There is speculation that some of the bones belong to martyrs killed by heretics but most were from unclaimed patients at a local hospital and prisoners. The bodies were moved into a large room in 1210.

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Eventually the chapel was added on in 1269.  They decided to create a chapel that was a memorial to those interned there and a reminder to the living of the brevity of life.

The chapel in Evora, Portugal was actually modeled after this chapel.  King John V of Portugal was moved by the church and believed his country should have a similar place of meditation.

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The chapel is free to enter however photos are prohibited (I wasn’t informed until after I snapped a couple dozen). Double check the hours of the church because they are a little strange.  Try to go early because often the church closes at noon.

Via Brolo, Milan, 20122, Italy

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Duomo di Milano is one of the most famous buildings in Europe because it is the largest Gothic cathedral and the second largest Catholic cathedral in the world.  Saint Ambrose was construction a basilica in the 5th century.  When the basilica was damaged by a fire in 1075, they redesigned it to be the Duomo.  Construction was ever evolving. Gothic motifs were added in 1386 by arch bishop Antion da Saluzzo.  In 1762, the main spire was topped with a state of the Madonna.  It was considered complete in the 1880’s however there are still some blocks waiting to be carved even now.

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Mark Twain made the journey to the Duomo and wrote about it in Innocents Abroad.

Personally, I get a little sick of churches and basilicas but it was free to enter.  The crypt is one euro to see.  I didn’t get to enter that area.

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Piazza del Duomo, Milano, Italy

Museo del Novecento was great museum to visit. It’s next to the Duomo.  I really had fun at the museum.  This is a modern art gallery with a whole floor of installation works. It was very fun museum to visit.

Via Marconi, 1, 20100 Milano MI, Italy

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Fashion District is a must-see. You have to stroll down the fashion district if you are in Milan.  The designer window displays were all gorgeous and the clothing was phenomenal.  We walked through Versace, Dolce and Gabana and all of the store clerks were so nice.

I felt one full day was plenty to see all I wanted in Milan.

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Food:

We had Luini’s famous calzones.  The line was long and there is nowhere to sit but it was delicious.

Via Santa Radegonda, 16, Milano, Italy

For dessert there was a gelato place.  I got a hot chocolate with pistachios in it.  It was really good and thick, a rich chocolate.

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