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Colonna del Verziere, Milan

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The Verziere Column is a baroque-manneristic monumental column dedicated to "Jesus Christ the Redeemer", in Milan, Italy. The column is located in Largo Augusto and it is named after the "Verziere", the traditional greengrocery street market of Milan that, until 1783, was located in the surrounding district. The construction of the column began in 1580, but it was only completed in 1673.
While the column was originally intended as a votive, religious monument, after the unification of Italy it was also used as a monument to commemorate the martyrs who died during the Five Days of Milan. Bronze plaques on the basement were added, bearing the names of 354 Milanese that were killed in the riots.
The top of the column has a statue of "Christ the Redemeer" that was realized by Giuseppe and Gian Battista Vismara and designed by the renowned Milanese architect Francesco Maria Richini.
The construction of the column was ordered by the "Confraternity of the Sacred Cross of Porta Tosa", a Milanese religious order which had its headquarters in the area. The purpose of the column was twofold; it was meant both a votive offering to celebrate the end of the epidemic of plague that occurred in Milan in 1576-1577, and as a symbol of the power of Christianity to be opposed to the malicious power of the witches that were believed to inhabit the neighbourhood. The column itself was built in Baveno and brought to Milan by boat; at the time, the Verziere itself could be reached by boat through Milan's canal system.
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  • The column of the Verziere is a baroque monument of Milan, located in the center of Largo Augusto consisting of an elaborate column of Baveno granite topped by a statue of Christ. It takes its name from the Verziere (or Verzée), the ancient horticultural market that had its seat around the place where it rises.
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  • The column of Verziere is beautiful and it is very well located in the Centre of the largo Augusto!!!
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