San Vittore al Corpo

Milan, Italy

The church and monastery of San Vittore al Corpo was built by the Olivetan order in the early 16th century. The site once had a 4th-century basilica and mausoleum that once held the burials of the emperors Gratian and Valentinian III. The basilica was enlarged in the 8th century to house the relics of the saints Vittore and Satiro. A Benedictine monastery soon was attached to the church. In 1507, the monastery was transferred to the Olivetans, who began a major reconstruction.

During the Napoleonic wars, the site became a military hospital, and afterwards became barracks. It suffered damage during the bombardments of 1943. The monastery now houses a museum of science. Reconstruction of the church was begun in 1533 by Vincenzo Seregni, and completed in 1568 by Pellegrino Tibaldi. La façade remains incomplete. The dome was frescoed in 1617 by Guglielmo Caccia. In the chapel of St Anthony is a 1619 canvas by Daniele Crespi (Death of St Paul the hermit). In the transept on the left, is an early 17th-century cycle of canvases of the Stories of San Benedetto, by Ambrogio Figino while the right transept has an altarpiece by Camillo Procaccini. Other chapels have paintings by Pompeo Batoni and Giovanni Battista Discepoli.



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Founded: 16th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Alex Iacobita (2 years ago)
What a beautiful discovery this was! We wanted to go to the museum that is close by, and discovered the basilica by chance. From the outside you can’t tell how beautiful it is on the inside. The ceiling is a gorgeous work of art that you can stare at for hours!
salzkuu “salzkuu” (2 years ago)
This Basilica has incredible frescos all around the ceiling. The dome for the tower looks amazing. This building might not look like much from the outside but the inside makes up for it. I would recommend checking it out and lighting a candle there.
Sander Pot (2 years ago)
This is really a hidden gem if you don’t know this place. It looks like a normal basilica, but once you got inside you are really surprised by how beautiful this basilica is.
airin tirtayadi (5 years ago)
The decor from outside does not give you any idea of how pretty the basicila is. The surroundings were also normal area. But the inside decorations and especially the ceiling is very lovely.
Boris Shusterman (5 years ago)
A hidden gem in Milan! An unwelcoming facade hides one of the most beautiful churches I've seen. A must place to visit!
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