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The Basilica of Saint Lawrence (Italian: Chiesa di San Lorenzo Maggiore) is a church in Milan, northern Italy, dedicated to the Christian martyr St. Lawrence.
Various suggestions of its origin have been made, including a foundation in c.370., the Basilica of San Lorenzo was renovated and redecorated in the 16th century. It has however maintained the original Byzantine structure, with a dome and four towers resembling those of Constantinople's Hagia Sofia. A recent detailed stratiographic study of the walls identified five phases of construction in antiquity from Theodosius I to the early Lombard period.
The church is a quatrefoil central-plan building, with a double-shell layout, consisting of an open central area (the inner shell) surrounded by an ambulatory (the outer shell). The quatrefoil design is expressed in four exedrae (semicircular recesses) of two stories, with five arches per exedra. As usual for the period, the interior had a matroneum (balcony for female worshippers), now partially disappeared. Also the polychrome interior decoration is now missing. The dome was also rebuilt in Baroque style after the original had crumbled down.
Chapel of Saint Aquilino
Notable is the octagonal Capella di Sant'Aquilino (chapel of St. Aquilino), adjoining the main church to the south. The chapel, which may have originally been built as an imperial Roman mausoleum, features important 4th century Paleochristian mosaics. Among the mosaics is included a formulaic depiction of Jesus, as "Christ the Lawgiver" ("Traditio Legis" - "handing over the law") or possibly "Christ the teacher." Jesus is seated on a throne, flanked by a "school" of his Apostles, with a scroll box at his feet. The chapel was later dedicated to the martyr Saint Aquilino of Milan (or Saint Aquilinus of Cologne), with his remains being housed in the chapel.A 17th century reliquary ark for the saint was crafted by Lombardian architect Carlo Garavaglia (flourished 1634-1635). The fresco The Rediscovery of Saint Aquilinus of Cologne's Corpse, by Carlo Urbino, decorates the wall behind the main altar in the Sant'Aquilino chapel.
Colonne di San Lorenzo
The square facing the basilica features the so-called "Colonne di San Lorenzo" (Columns of St. Lawrence), one of the few remains of the Roman "Mediolanum", dating from the 3rd century AD and probably belonging to the large baths built by the emperor Maximian. They were carried in the current place when the basilica construction was finished.
The apse area of the ancient basilica is now a park. Previously the area was occupied by a channel or a lake (probably with a port), while later it was used in public executions, one of which is recounted in Alessandro Manzoni's Storia della Colonna Infame.
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Jeppo (17639) 2009-09-24 12:18
bella la basilica di san lorenzo...bei ricordi dei tempi dell'universitÓ...quando si andava a bere al "le coqueteil" e poi magari si faceva l'aerosol nel parco di piazza vetra!
chpp (4281) 2009-09-24 12:32
nice shot, I like the clody atmosphere, it adds mystery to the shot and I like the depth provided by the line of lamp posts on the right. It also balance the light and darkness contrast very well
Clementi (52514) 2009-09-24 12:54
bellissima notturna, vedi con f10 che effetto che ottieni....
non so' so ho fatto bene ti ho fatto un ws dove la Basilica si vede di piu' dimi cosa ne pensi
mauro61 (52623) 2009-09-24 12:56
bello scatto in cui la luce e l'inquadatura sono perfette.
Un' immagine che la leggera foschia riempie di atmosfera.
AKITA (15125) 2009-09-24 17:15
a beautiful night shot of fantastic lights,
the church building looks illusionary by these lights.
its presence shows us another different characteristic figure from it in daytime.
and right lined lights make beautiful shining perspective, its depth and fore vertical light lines are nice combination in this view.
this night ambience is wonderful,
belido (19934) 2009-09-24 17:25
another well executed night shot. There are two features that please me in this one: the exposure on the building and the light traces. Attractive and well presented!
bakes888 (18499) 2009-09-25 1:10
Hi Giorgio. Great photo, wonderful light and colours. I love the misty atmosphere you have captured in this shot. Good work and thanks for sharing.
Have a good weekend, Paul.
vasilpro (40701) 2009-09-25 2:10
Very nice night composition with very good light management and lovely colors.
Have a nice day, Vasilis.
darek1978 (13361) 2009-09-25 8:49
Stunning photo! An excellent exposure with nice effect. Great light, colours and details. Well done!!
- Copyright: Giorgio Mercuri (giorgimer) (34800)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-02-23
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D60, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
- Exposure: f/10.0, 15 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2009-09-24 12:11