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10 things that not even the Milanese know about their city

10. The hidden church in full view

10 cose che nemmeno un Milanese conosce della sua città
10 cose che nemmeno un Milanese conosce della sua città – Photo credit: Wikimedia.org

If you are walking through Piazza Bolivar, you would certainly notice a strange element: a very small building with an ancient outlook that stands in the middle of a traffic island. This is the Oratory of San Protaso, a small chapel built in the year 1000 outside the walls of Milan, in a suburb that was once named Laurentiglio and, in modern times, became Lorenteggio. The great emperor Federico Barbarossa spent a night here in prayer during the famous siege of Milan in 1162 and the construction was also used by Count Confalonieri for the secret meetings of the Carbonari. Inside there are medieval and Renaissance frescoes, small masterpieces that have survived the events of history

Indirizzo: Piazza Bolivar

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Written by Lorenzo Salamone

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