Famous sights of Milan
The second largest in magnificent Italy,the most beautiful city in Europe is Milan. Today it is a major financial, industrial, transport and cultural center of the country. In addition, Milan is the recognized capital of European fashion.
Along with Rome, it is the oldest cityItaly. Once in ancient times in its place was a Celtic settlement. In the history of Milan, he was ruled by all the European conquerors - the Romans, Gauls, Goths, as well as the rulers of France of Austria and Spain. All of them have left traces of their activity on the territory of the present city, therefore the sights of Milan represent a huge architectural, cultural and historical value.
The most famous monument of architecture in the city, which is its symbol - Milan Cathedral. It is located in the heart of the city, is a complex Gothic structure.
Studying the sights of Milan, you do notmiss the opportunity to see with your own eyes the world famous opera house La Scala. It was built in 1778. This is the largest cultural center, which is proud not only of Milan. Italy, whose attractions are known far beyond its borders, rightfully considers La Scala as a symbol of the country. Italians are proud of their biggest opera stage.
The famous Basilica of Santa Maria, built infifteenth century, is interesting with its unique dome of the work of D. Bramante. Right in front of the church is the popular refectory with the unique fresco "The Last Supper" painted by the great Leonardo da Vinci.
If you want to explore culturalthe sights of Milan, then you first need to visit the largest picture gallery of the city - Pinacotheque Brera, which is located in the palace in the north of Milan. The collection was laid back in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, when the city was ruled by the French and Austrians. It was at this time that the main relic of the exposition - "The Betrothal of the Virgin Mary" (Raphael) appeared here. In the Pinakothek there are 38 rooms with expositions of unique works of art.
The sights of Milan are not onlymuseums and art galleries. The city is famous for its churches, cathedrals, temples and basilicas. In the west is the basilica of St. Ambrose. This is the oldest church in the city. According to legend, it was built by Saint Ambrose in 386 on the site of the burials of the ancient Christians - victims of the persecution of the Romans. Then it was called the Basilica of the Martyrs. Later, the building was rebuilt many times, and by 1099 it completely corresponded to the Romanesque style.
Two belfries are attached to the basilica. Inside the building is decorated with a unique and valuable mosaic with the image of Christ the Almighty (13th century). In 1943 during the bombing of the basilica was seriously damaged, it took more than ten years to restore it.
It is unlikely that you will be able to see all the sights in one trip. Milan is a city that you can study all your life.
There are many large supermarkets and very small boutiques of all well-known fashion houses. The best shops are on Via Montenapoleone, which appeared in Milan in the eighteenth century.