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Church of Sant'Antonio Abate

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Foto Church of Sant'Antonio Abate -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Church of Sant'Antonio Abate -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Church of Sant'Antonio Abate -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Church of Sant'Antonio Abate -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Church of Sant'Antonio Abate -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Church of Sant'Antonio Abate -  Churches / Religious buildings
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Milan - Churches / Religious buildings: Church of Sant'Antonio AbateMostly represented styles: Baroque

Also the Church of Sant Antonio Abate is very inconspicuous from the outside, and in the small street of the center in which it is it tends to be confused with adjacent residential buildings. Inside, on the contrary, it is richly decorated, and most of the surfaces are covered with frescoes. The stuccos, frescoes and paintings make it a unique and dense document of the most important artists of the Milan '600: the brothers Carlone, Ercole Procaccino the Elder, Ludovico Carracci, Giovan Battista Crespi called Il Cerano, Giovan Battista Trotti, told The Malosso, Guglielmo Caccia said Moncalvo and others.
The first building of the complex dates back to the thirteenth century and the first version of the church was built in 1367. The current version, however, dates back to the end of the sixteenth century, and was built to a design by Dionigi Campazzo.

The Church of Sant Antonio Abate is part of a complex of fourteenth-century origin. Of the original complex only the fifteenth century bell tower and the two cloisters, of little to it later, remain. The proper church has a Latin cross plan, with single span and three chapels on each side. If the structure was completed by the end of the sixteenth century, but the decorations demanded several more decades to be completed. As an example the great cycle of frescoes in the intersection between the transept and nave is of the years 1631-1632.

The Church of Sant Antonio Abate went to meet years of decline towards the end of the eighteenth century. Under Napoleon it was closed to worship and even used as a military depot, with serious damage to furniture and paintings. The adjoining convent instead became the headquarters of the National Guard.

With the return of the Austrians, the Church of Sant Antonio Abate was reopened for worship. In 1832 there was a re-order the facade. The first general restoration took place, however, only in 1903, under the direction of Cesare Nava. More recent renovations have helped to bring the church (including the eighteenth-century organ on which the young Mozart passing through Milan played) to its original splendor.

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