Built on the remains of an ancient basilica of the 4th century AD, the church of San Vittore al Corpo di Milano contends with the Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio and the Basilica of San Lorenzo, the possible identification with the historic and ancient Porziana basilica.
Certainly, it stands on a very ancient area: the church of San Vittore is in fact already mentioned in the writings of Sant’Ambrogio and the wording “to the Body” derives from the fact that the church stands on an ancient Christian cemetery area, placed at outside the walls of the ancient city of Milan. At that time there was an early Christian basilica, which was later replaced by a new place of worship in the 9th century.
In the 16th century the complex passed into the hands of the Olivetans who completely restructured it, entrusting the works to great architects of the time, such as Vincenzo Seregni and then Galeazzo Alessi, who gave the building a late Renaissance imprint.
The interior has twelve stucco-decorated chapels, which preserve precious frescoes of the great Milanese 17th century school linked to the establishment of the Ambrosiana.
In the 1950s and 1960s, some important archaeological excavations brought to light the Imperial Mausoleum: this octagonal structure, paved with bricks and opus sectile and decorated with marble mosaics and inlays, was born to house the remains of Massimiano Erculeo, emperor of the Western Roman Empire and resident in Milan, one of the imperial capitals of the time. The emperors Valentinian II and perhaps Graziano and even Theodosius were then buried there. The mausoleum had a huge protective enclosure, whose walls interspersed with turrets rose up to the current area of the Museum of Science and Technology, whose cloisters are precisely those of the ancient monastery of San Vittore.
The guided tour of the church of San Vittore al Corpo is therefore a real journey through the history of Milan, from the Roman era to the 20th century restorations by Piero Portaluppi.
- Guided tour conducted by a guide with regular professional licence.
- Microphone system * for better use of the visit
- Offer to the church
* NOTE: The miking system is guaranteed to reach the 15 participants.
What’s not included
- Transportation to reach the meeting point
- Food and drink unless otherwise specified
- Tips (optional)
- Personal extras
Departurevia San Vittore 25 - Milano
Meeting 15 minutes before the start of the guided tour in front of the facade of the church