Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio

Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio, Milan

Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio
4.5
07:30 - 12:00, 15:30 - 18:30
Monday
07:30 - 12:00
15:30 - 18:30
Tuesday
07:30 - 12:00
15:30 - 18:30
Wednesday
07:30 - 12:00
15:30 - 18:30
Thursday
07:30 - 12:00
15:30 - 18:30
Friday
07:30 - 12:00
15:30 - 18:30
Saturday
07:30 - 12:00
15:30 - 18:30
Sunday
08:45 - 13:00
15:30 - 18:30
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Neighbourhood: Ticinese
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Brun066
Florence, Italy10,277 contributions
Venerable church from several points of view: my focus on two attractions it contains.
May 2021
I recently visited the San Eustorgio church after a long time. Here I would like to focus in particular on two attractions that it contains, and which are probably the ones drawing most of the visitors.
The first attraction is the Tomb of the so-called Three Kings ("Re Magi" in Italian). Giant sarcophagus, it bears the inscription “Sepulcrum trium magorum” (which, however, was only added in the 18th century). An explanatory panel at the sarcophagus summarizes the tradition of their translation from Constantinople in 343 AD, and the subsequent (instead well documented) transport to Cologne in Germany in 1164, as war prey that Emperor Frederick I Hohenstaufen took from the city of Milan after its surrender.
The alleged relics of the Three Kings are still found in Cologne (the imposing cathedral of the city was started to house them), so what you see is an empty sarcophagus. However, it invites us to learn more about the history of the Kings, to distinguish the facts somehow documented from inventions (many) and to deepen the allegorical meaning of their history: alluding to a Christian revelation that is also addressed to "gentiles" (= non-Jews), originally first of all those from Eastern world.
The Portinari Chapel is quite different. It, linked to the church but well distinct from it from the architectural point of view, shows a quadrangular plan surmounted by a dome, which as such recalls the Old Sacristy of the church of San Lorenzo in Florence, by Filippo Brunelleschi; but otherwise it differs from the sobriety of the original to graft onto this structure decorative elements typical of the Lombard Renaissance (Certosa di Pavia, Colleoni Chapel in Bergamo): above all the dancing angels in terracotta on the dome drum, and the dome itself covered by polychrome scales. In my opinion, this synthesis is wonderful.
The chapel has not been attributed with certainty to an architect. Today the name of Guiniforte Solari (1429-1481) is considered: he shaped the Milan of his time, thanks to the role he had in the main buildings in progress.
The admirable frescoes on the walls, regarding the life of St. Peter "the martyr", are the work of another illustrious Lombard, Vincenzo Foppa, while the sepulchral ark of the saint, in the center of the chapel, is a work of the fourteenth century, later transported here , and it is probably due to Giovanni di Balduccio (Pisa, 1300-1349). The Chapel as a whole therefore documents, among other things, the transition from the era in which Lombardy was a tributary [also] of the Tuscan artists, to the era when the Lombard Renaissance was fully autonomous.
Written 17 May 2021
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Kingsley Flint
Cossonay, Switzerland165 contributions
Why no mention of the Capella Portinari Behind this church? FABULOUS DO NOT MISS THIS
Sep 2020
Utterly stunning Middle Ages and Renaissance beauties hiding behind this lovely old church in their museum. This is the Capella Portinari, one of the most exquisite places to visit in Milan or anywhere if you love ecclesiastical art of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. The Huge marble tomb of the Martyr Peter, covered in wonderful sculptures on three levels, was carved in 1339, the extraordinary chapel Full of fascinating frescoes in which it sits was decorated in the 1400s. The ring of angels in the drum of the dome is unbelievable. This is a gem, up there with the Last Supper and anything else in the great treasures of the city.
Written 26 September 2020
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Cymro
Coimbra, Portugal3,227 contributions
Nice Looking Church
Nov 2019
If you walk back to O Duomo from the Grand Canal you will pass by this church. It's large and in addition to the church there are 2 museums to view.
Written 29 January 2020
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wherewego.cityhideout
Zagreb, Croatia1,540 contributions
Huge
Nov 2019
Huge basilica near canals. It has very nice architecture, and there is not to much people in front, we did not go inside because it time we was passing by there was funeral.
Written 3 December 2019
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differentname
Woodbridge, CT2,597 contributions
Tomb of the Three Magi, the Three Kings...
Sep 2019
... or so they claim.

This was an important stop for pilgrims on their way to Rome or the Holy Land, because there is a sarcophagus that alledgedly contained the remains of the Three Kings.
Written 16 October 2019
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Eduardo
Panama City, Panama165 contributions
Great for a quick stop if you are in the area
Jun 2019 • Friends
This church was great for a quick stop. I recommend searching for it on the internet for more information about the church and its history as none is provided.
Written 25 June 2019
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Regan A
Saint Clair Shores, MI86 contributions
Historical church
May 2019 • Family
This church was worth a quick stop for its historical significance. If you're in the area I would recommend. The bones may be gone, but the tomb that supposedly carried the 3 wise men is here and that's still cool.
Written 2 June 2019
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nicolas s
Milan, Italy2,267 contributions
a must see in milano
May 2019 • Couples
the church is lovely and offers a number of interesting sights, notably the Portinari Chapel, not to be misses
Written 27 May 2019
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Antionio10
New York City, NY696 contributions
Marble Carvings are the Heighlight
Apr 2019 • Family
This Basilica is worth a visit for the marble carvings along. A visit can be nicely paired with Lorenzo Maggiore near the Porta Ticinese and Sant' Ambrogio
Written 7 May 2019
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Sylvia W
13 contributions
Lots to see in this beautiful basilica
Feb 2019 • Couples
Well worth the walk to this basilica and it's museum which is full of treasures. We considered the entrance fee worth it to see relics, frescoes, statues, architecture, and underground burials. Explanations are in Italian and English.
Written 6 February 2019
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  • Sun - Sun 08:45 - 13:00
  • Sun - Sat 15:30 - 18:30
  • Mon - Sat 07:30 - 12:00
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