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In 2012, I was welcomed in Milan by good friends.

Palazzo Dell'Arengario San Lorenzo The columns of San Lorenzo
Central Station Central Station, finished in 1931 Central Station
Central Station Central Station Central Station
The Brera art gallery A fascist building Piazza Mercanti
St. Sebastian The Brera's library was founded by Maria Theresa of Austria Palazzo Dei Giureconsulti
My kind host Marcellum Veiled dame
Sant'Alessandro In Zebedia San Carlo San Giorgio
The Bank Of Italy La Scala The Arch Of Peace, built under Napoleonic rule
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II San Sebastiano (built after deliverance from the plague of 1576) San Sebastiano
The Ambrosian Library The Ambrosian Library The Ambrosian Library
The Ambrosian Library Gloves worn by Napoleon at Waterloo Santa Maria Presso San Satiro, with its convincing trompe l'œil
St. Ambrose (a bishop of Milan) is entombed in the eponymous 4th-century basilica, outside of which one can find a column said to display the imprint of the Devil's horns (cf. the Devil's footprint of Munich and the Devil's finger in Poggio Bustone).
Santa Maria Delle Grazie, where Da Vinci's Last Supper resides Santa Maria Delle Grazie The Devil's Column
Santa Maria Delle Grazie Santa Maria Delle Grazie The Basilica Of St. Ambrose, bishop of Milan
Castello Sforzesco The Monumental Cemetery The navigli
Castello Sforzesco The clockwork devil of Milan The Rondanini Pietà
Nice old tram Streghina Tempio Della Vittoria
Milan Cathedral
The cathedral is covered in magnificent marble sculpture The crossing lantern and La Madonnina Florid tracery amid sheer perpendicular panelling
The cathedral door Unusual transept chapel West front
As "the only gothic cathedral south of the Alps", Milan Cathedral is certainly an astonishing and unique structure. Its original design is the product of the Parler dynasty of architects (whose other work is in Strasbourg and Prague) and Frenchmen such as Nicolas De Bonaventure, although the sondergotik is more evident than the flamboyant touches. Italian influence is seen in the choice of glorious white Candoglia marble (brought along the navigli), and the occasional lapse into classical details and statuary. Work began on the apse in 1387, while the lantern was not added until 1500, and the majority of the spires date from the 19th century.
Turrets Pinnacles Spires
Traceried marble flying buttresses Traceried marble flying buttresses View of Torre Velasca
The nave The transept
St. Bartholomew, carrying his own skin The crossing (the lantern admits little light) The Holy Nail is kept in the vault above the quire, and when the bishop wishes to retrieve it he is carried up in a cloud ('nivola')
Carved vault surface The tomb of St. Charles Borromeo The crypt

Monza shelters in its cathedral the Iron Crown Of Lombardy, one of the oldest crowns in Europe. Napoleon presumed to wear it not long before his demise.

Santa Maria In Strada Monza Cathedral Monza Cathedral