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Church of Saint Mary of the Healthcare

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Milan - Churches / Religious buildings: Church of Saint Mary of the HealthcareMostly represented styles: Baroque

The Church of St. Mary of Health or of the Crosscarriers (Chiesa di Santa Maria della Sanità o dei Crociferi) is one of the few examples in Milan (along with the Church of St. Francis of Paola (San Francesco da Paola) in Manzoni street ) of a church with elliptical nave convex and façade.

The church was built by the Crociferi (Crosscarriers) or, otherwise said, the Congregation of Ministers of the Sick founded by St. Camillus de Lellis, starting from 1694, on a project by Giovan Battista Quadrio in collaboration with Carlo Federico Pietrasanta.

The Church of St. Mary of Health is characterized by the presence of a single nave, elliptical, with two side chapels on each side and a large presbytery.
The façade was started only in the second decade of the eighteenth century, but it was never finished, and it is still in simple brick.

The completion of the church continued throughout the first half of the eighteenth century, with the marble altar and colorful accessory parts (1713-1726), the frescoing of the dome by Pietro Maggi (1717), the completion of the side chapels including one dedicated to St. Camillus de Lellis and decorated with colorful marbles and gilded bronzes. The decoration of the chapel of St. Joseph, the first right, was completed only in 1760.

At the same time the Crociferi church fathers provided also, since 1729, the building of the adjacent convent.

Between 1966 and 1985, the church underwent a period of decline, even remaining sometimes closed to the public. Fortunately it was lates extensively restored and reopened to the public in 1996.

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