Monastero Della Visitazione Santa Maria, Milan

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  • A beautiful church (XVIII century), in a cloistered convent abandoned the Church is a fine example of 18th-century religious building: you enter through a garden on the corner between via s. Sofia and s. Calimero (fenced in 1885) through a portal lintel leading to a porticoed courtyard. It was built for a cloistered monastery close in the early decades of the eighteenth century to designs by Bernardo Maria Qaisar, with an original structure; consists of a public house with a central plan, with two side chapels and a rectangular presbytery, and a cloistered Church – that opens to the left of the public Church (contrary to tradition, of which are as similar as other churches in Milan s. Maurizio al monastero maggiore and s. Paolo Converso) – with a rectangular plan, with four large Windows to give light. Dome and façade were completed in the early decades of the nineteenth century on new designs by Shan Malik. The Interior is elegantly – but all in all – soberly decorated in the style of the era. Contains (in addition to a "Madonna with child" or "Mater Divinae Pietatis" of 400 or 500 is attributed to Bernardino Luini) interesting altar pieces celebrating the most important characters in the history of the order: neo-classical main altar (from the Church of Sant'Apollinare, who was in via santa Sofia), the "triumph of St. Francis de Sales with the Virgin and St. Elizabeth," the Venetian Giovanni Battista Pittoni (1734); in the chapel on the left, the "vision of Saint Vincent de Paul," in which St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Frances de Chantal Ascend together into heaven, by Giovan Battista Sassi (1752, year of the beatification of St. Jeanne de Chantal); in the chapel on the right, the "apparition of the sacred heart to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque" by Eugenio Cisterna (1920, year of the canonisation of St. Margaret Mary). I hope that the closure of the monastery does not lead to total abandonment of this "sanctuary city" that was declared a national monument in 1920; and to be made open so stable and continuous and not only on special occasions – as the days of the FAI.
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  • Visited through the days F A I by spring. The cloistered monastery is closed from November 2017, as it had been only two and not enough to manage the place. Transferred to the parent company, closed monastery and Church, the curia of Milan holds the keys and should decide on the future of this place. Still worth the visit for its altar, the shovel behind it, the pulpit, the choir where the sisters went there to hear mass and the paintings of the side altars.
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