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Travels on the Silk Road: Milano

The Western end of the ancient Silk Road was not necessarily Byzantium or Rome because distribution of the goods continued from there into many parts of Europe. Milano (the Celtic Mediolanum) became an important trading center during the Roman Empire. It was even declared the Capital of the Western Roman Empire by the Emperor Diocletian in 293 AD. In his all-important Edict of Milan, Emperor Constantine guaranteed freedom of religion for Christians in 313.

Here I present to you the Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore. It was built in the year 355 (!) as an Arianic church. A central part of the church, partially hidden in this picture by later additions, still dates from that time. Bishop Ambrosius (in office from 374-397) transformed it into a Roman Catholic Basilica, the Arians having meanwhile been discredited at the Concile of Nicaea. The curch is one of at least four in Milano dating from that time.
Today the magnificient basilica is really a collection of structures (4 towers, private chapels, apses and a Late-Renaissance octagonal building and cupola). The structure arose step by step in the midst of a built city quarter. It is isolated today partly because WW II bombings had caused the destruction of buildings around it.

The picture is dedicated to Laura Meyer and Gabriele Buratti who gave us the great pleasure to discover San Lorenzo Maggiore. For the history I drew from Gabriele and from Wikipedia, any errors would be mine.

The picture was contrast enhanced by 12% in PS, a lamp post to the right was stamped out. I hope you enjoy the pic!

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