Chiesa di San Siro alla Vepra, Milan

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  • A beautiful old church, all frescoed... a real gem that names the S. Siro neighborhood. It is part of the "sad villa" named so during the Second World War for the presence of the Koch gang, which arrested and tortured in the underground cells partisans and ordinary people.
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  • What we see is very little, even if the church has a very long history: a first sacred building, entitled to San Siro, first bishop of Pavia, was built in this rural area crossed by Vepra (canal that conveyed the waters of the Olona to the city), in the NINTH Century A second building was built in Lombard Gothic style with elements still romanic between 1454 and 1465 and frescoed; And then – in the seventeenth century – it was drastically cut, saving only the three apses, and modified because at the façade of the church the Pecchio – owners of the agricultural area from 1483 – blamed their home; Casa Pecchio was in turn demolished in the twenties of the twentieth century (saving the oratory, considered a national monument, with its frescoes, which were restored) and replaced with a villa in eclectic neo-Renaissance style-surrounded by garden- Designed by architect Adolfo Zacchi for Themistocle Fossati and his family. A villa that architecturally has no special merits, but that has become, in spite of itself, very famous: abandoned by the owners during the Second World War, had the misfortune of hosting for a few months a band of fascist criminals led by Peter Koch, who transformed it into a place of imprisonment and torture or a sad Villa (NB. Villa Triste is the name with which they were renamed the numerous places of torture opened by the Nazi-fascists during the last years of the Second World War). After the war, the moats would no longer return to dwell in the villa, which was entrusted to the Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception of which is now the provincial house: There is no more trace of the detention spaces in the basement and even the premises on the ground floor have been Modified, maintaining in the upper floors some elements of the twentieth century construction; Externally it seems that no changes have been made. Today, as far as the church is concerned, you can see (I have done it thanks to MilanoGuida) The frescoes decorating the three apses, externally in terracotta marked by pilasters: in the main apse, by Christopher Moretti, a Christ pantocrator in almond Figures recalling the animals symbolized by the four evangelists (in the basin), a crucifixion, with Christ, the Virgin and St. John surrounded by Saints and angels (on the walls: From left to right: John the Baptist, Pietro Martire, the archangel Gabriel, Cosma and Damian, Ambrogio and Siro), the Apostles (in the Sottarco medallions); In the left apse, a Madonna and child between Saints Ambrose and Augustine (work of 1522, on the back wall) and the Padreterno in the act of extending the Crown to the Madonna (above); In the right apse, geometric and vegetal decorations. The frescoes are very interesting and very well kept and the external structure of the church is in excellent condition; But... It's not much!
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