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Category: Attractions/Entertainment
Address: Colonne di San Lorenzo
Milan MI, Italy,
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2 weddings

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Alessia and Ilya's Wedding
Milan   |   September, 2007   |   Attraction

"Dating from the 4th century AD, the Chiesa di San Lorenzo Maggiore is the oldest church in Milan. With ancient architecture that might seem more at home in Ravenna, San Lorenzo recalls the days when Milan was the capital of the Western Roman Empire. The foundations of San Lorenzo were made of enormous blocks taken from other Roman sites. The interior walls were originally probably covered by marble lower down and by mosaics higher up, depicting sacred scenes and saints. Sixteen ancient Roman columns line the front of the church, which retains its original octagonal floor plan. Fourth-century Christian mosaics (one depicting a beardless Christ) can be seen in the Cappella di Sant'Aquilino (Chapel of St. Aquilinus). A sarcophagus in the Chapel of St. Aquilinus is said to enshrine the remains of Galla Placidia, sister of Honorius, last emperor of Rome and wife of Ataulf, king of the Visigoths. Ironically, her mausoleum is one of the mosaic masterpieces of Ravenna, yet it is most likely she is buried in Rome where she died. A glimpse at even earlier history can be seen by following the stairs from behind the altar to a crypt-like room that contains the remains of a Roman amphitheater. San Lorenzo's dome, the highest in Milan, is a 16th-century addition. Outside the church is a statue of Constantine, the first Christian Roman emperor. The church was restored in the 1930s."

Alessia and Ilya's Wedding
Milan   |   September, 2007   |   Attraction

"The Colonne di San Lorenzo is the best-known Roman ruin in Milan. It is located in front of the Basilica of San Lorenzo. It is a square with a row of columns on either side, which were taken from a temple or public bath house dating from the 2nd century. The columns were moved to their current location sometime in the 4th century. South of the columns, one of the medieval gates of the city is still in place, with Roman marbles in it. Up until 1935, the space between the church and columns was entirely occupied by old houses abutting onto the fa├žade of the church itself. Indeed, the church complex was fully surrounded by old houses. Despite the plans to conserve this ancient urban fabric, the renovations led to the demolition of the old houses and the isolation of the monument on the front side. Following bombing during World War II, the church complex became isolated also on the rear side, where a fenced urban park (which is called Basilicas Park or Parco delle Basiliche in italian) now stands, allowing popular views of the complex and of another church nearby."

John and Valentina's Wedding
Milan   |   June, 2008   |   Attraction


San Lorenzo Maggiore

Colonne di San Lorenzo
Milan MI, Italy,

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