The ancient Mediolanum, recently transformed into an imperial capital, is poised to become a major center of Christianity especially thanks to the intervention of Bishop Ambrogio. From the Basilica of San Lorenzo Sant'Eustorgio, the Imperial Palace from San Giorgio, let's rediscove the ancient face of the city.
Basilica of St Eustorgio
Each new archbishop of Milan still begins its journey here, a tradition of ancient origins, tied with exciting stories and legends including that of particular fascination, whose protagonists are nothing less than the three wise men. Not everyone knows that, in Sant'Eustorgio, are preserved some relics belonged to these legendary biblical characters.
Basilica of St. Lorenzo
An unusual church that respects the architectural canons of the time: a closed building with four corner towers, and topped by a high dome, which looks more like a fortress than a church. Perhaps the basilica was not conceived as such, but as a building for the imperial family. The columns, chapels, mosaics of the chapel of Sant'Aquilino of rare beauty, tell of a place full of mystery and fascination.
Piazza della Vetra
Small harbor of the city, military camp and place infamous for long centuries, today turned into quiet city park, eaves history and legends from every corner. Between Inquisition and craft shops, ancient curses and cruel sentences, the Vetra square was a terrible and stage in the history of Milan. Here, the populace has witnessed the executions of witches, bandits, spreaders and traitors. Not far from here stood the pillory of Manzoni, today in the Castello Sforzesco.
One of the most vibrant and busiest intersections in the city. The term comes from the corruption of Carrobbio quadrivium, or crossroads, a place that now as coinceved in antiquity itself as a strategic point of traffic in Milan. Age massimianea it corresponded in fact one of the gateways to the city, Porta Ticininese, from which originated the road to Pavia and Vigevano. If you look closely, hidden between the buildings, you can still see one of the towers. In the bar that sits at his feet, if you enter, you will see it up close, making way between a table and the other!
St. George Palace
In 286 the Emperor Maximian built his immense palace, in an area defended by strong walls, on the edge of the urban area, between the present Via Torino, Via Santa Maria Fulcorina and Via Circo. Time passes, things change, and in 750 the bishop Natale, on the ruins of the imperial palace, built the church of St. George. Inside, a plaque commemorates the Edict of Constantine, also known as the Edict of Milan, which was proclaimed here in 313 AD.
What remains of the palatial grandeur of the imperial residence, where Constantine issued the Edict of tolerance and where he died the Emperor Theodosius? For centuries it sank into oblivion, but the bombs of '43, devastating in many ways, enabled the discovery of portions of the foundations of the complex. One of them is visible, even today, by via Brisa: perhaps a representative room.