Basilica di San Vincenzo in Prato, Milan

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The basilica of San Vincenzo in Prato is a church in Milan, northern Italy. It is the only one in city which has entirely maintained its original Palaeo-Christian appearance.HistoryThe first church was founded by the Lombard king Desiderius in 770, who dedicated it to the Virgin Mary. Later it was entitled to St. Vincent, when the latter's relics were found in an urn in the crypt, together with those of St. Quirinus and St. Nicomedes (859) and St. Abundius. The name in Prato derives from its location in the "pratum" (in the field) area owned by bishop Odelpertus.In 806 a Benedictine convent was added to the church; in the late years of the same century and in the early 10th century the church, in dismaying conditions, was rebuilt, but with similar appearance. The octagonal baptistery on the exterior, on the left, was built by architect Paolo Mezzanotte in year 1932, and includes a column-shaped font called Pietra santa (the Saint Stone) coming from the ancient church of S. Nazaro in Pietra Santa, which was demolished in year 1889 during the construction of the new Via Dante. The convent was suppressed in 1520 and in 1598 the church was restored and turned into a parish.
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  • A lesser known of the main basilicas in the city it is another one of the oldest churches of Milan. Founded in the 8th century it still presents a typical paleochristian structure and style, probably....  more »
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  • A lesser known of the main basilicas in the city it is another one of the oldest churches of Milan. Founded in the 8th century it still presents a typical paleochristian structure and style, probably the only one left in the city still presenting this kind of style which was very common in the city´s early history. Very simple and unadorned it is quite nice to check out especially since there are no tourists around and it feels very peaceful. The crypt is the highlight of the building.
  • The first church, dedicated to the Virgin, dates back to the eighth century; found the guile of St. Vincent in the crypt the church was dedicated to him. A century later an annexed Benedictine monastery was founded. Desecrated in 1787 it suffered several hardships, including the sale to a private that turned it into an acid factory. After a century the church was finally restored and restored to worship. It represents one of the most important installations of early Christian architecture.
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