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Basilica of Santo Stefano Maggiore

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Foto Basilica of Santo Stefano Maggiore -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Basilica of Santo Stefano Maggiore -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Basilica of Santo Stefano Maggiore -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Basilica of Santo Stefano Maggiore -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Basilica of Santo Stefano Maggiore -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Basilica of Santo Stefano Maggiore -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Basilica of Santo Stefano Maggiore -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Basilica of Santo Stefano Maggiore -  Churches / Religious buildings
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Milan - Churches / Religious buildings: Basilica of Santo Stefano MaggioreMostly represented styles: Baroque

The Basilica of Santo Stefano Maggiore is a church rich in history and in a central position, being walking distance from Piazza Fontana. Despite this, it very little known. It impress for its size and for the relatively little height compared to the brightness and, above all, to the length.

Initially dedicated to St. Zachary, it was later dedicated to Saint Stephen in the tenth century. Throughout its history, has it has undergone a number of reconstructions, expansions and renovations.

It is also called Santo Stefano in Brolo (the historical name of the area) or to St. Stephen's Gate (referring to the postern of St. Stephen, now no longer existing).

Currently it hosts the celebrations of the Philippines and South America immigrants comunities.

The first version of the church dates back to 417. It was built on the initiative of the future bishop Osio martinianus, but was later destroyed by fire in 1070. The church was rebuilt in Romanesque style in 1075.

The December 26, 1476 was the scene of the assassination of Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza.
In 1571 there was baptized the painter Michelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio.

Since 1594 the church has undergone various modifications, additions and extensions. The stained glass window depicting the Crucifixion, on the altar dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, it is even of 1898, the work of Constant Panigati.

Unfortunately the church is currently in a not perfect state, and would require significant restoration works.

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If you are interested in a guided tour of this monument send an email!

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Piazza Santo Stefano, 10 - 20122 Milano
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Milano: Basilica of Santo Stefano Maggiore