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Church of San Celso

Foto Church of San Celso -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Church of San Celso -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Church of San Celso -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Church of San Celso -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Church of San Celso -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Church of San Celso -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Church of San Celso -  Churches / Religious buildings
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Milan - Churches / Religious buildings: Church of San CelsoMostly represented styles: Romanesque

The church of San Celso located immediately to the right of the larger and younger Santa Maria dei Miracoli at St. Celso , with the two churches even connected by a door.

The Church of St. Celsus was built just before 1000 by Bishop Landulf II in place of the existing smaller church built on request of Sant Ambrogio to let there rest the remains of San Celso martyr.

The church is in Romanesque style and was once part of a Benedictine monastery which went demolished in the 30s of the twentieth century.
The church itself is only about one-third of what it was once, because the rest was demolished in the first half of the nineteenth century.

The church is very bare inside, although it nevertheless contains some interesting details. In particular, the lintel of the entrance contains carved in it the story of the conversion, the preaching and the martyrdom of Saints Nazzaro and San Celso. The lintel is supported by two figures in obscene attitude: the one on the left hides the genital , while the right one covers them with both hands. It represents an invitation to restrain the senses whose passions have to stop at the threshold of the temple.

Another characteristic feature of the church is the large garden, more typical of a villa tahn of a church.

Unfortunately, the Church of San Celso is normally closed to the public .

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

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Corso Italia, 37, 20122 Milano
Further pictures of the Church of San Celso in the section Photography
Milano: Zoomorphic capital inside the Church of San Celso