Photographer's Note

The church of S.Eustorgio is one of the oldest in Milan and is thought to be one of the first Christian buildings reputedly founded by S.Eustorgio himself in the 4th century, taking the name after being dedicated to the Saints Magi. At first it was out of the city but due to the numerous raids and devastations by barbarians, it was often rebuilt . In the 13th century it was remodelled and enlarged and finally made smaller until it assumed its present state with three doors corresponding to the three naves adorned by beautiful chapels, statues, monuments and paintings.

The 15th century brought the southside chapels and a gem of Renaissance architecture, the Portinari Chapel. The belltower whith its typical Lombard decoration of arches and cone-shaped cups was built between 1297-1309.

The single aisle church whith 225 foot long nave conveys a sense of vastness, increased by the optical illusion deriving from a slight inclination of the massive piers going down the nave. The church contains so many art treasures it might well be called a museum.

Besides the facade on the left you can see the entrance of Diocesano Museum that is housed in the old sacresty and the rooms which surround the cloisters. It features 17th and 18th century religious relics and other works of art from the Basilica.
From the museum you can also reach three underlying rooms which constitute the remains of the Roman and Paleochristian cemetary where burial and incineration tombs have been found, a small lapidary and a tomb with edicola.

Taken today at 6.29 a.m.

Exposure program: manual
Iso 80
Exposure time: 2
Tripod: yes
Metering mode: pattern
Lens focal lenghts: (eqv. 36mm)
Flash: no
Temperature: cold, very very cold this morning

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