Santa Maria in San Satiro
Via Torino, Milan, Italy
Santa Maria in San Satiro Milan Reviews
Santa Maria in San Satiro Aug 08, 2011
This church is very small, located in a courtyard on the left side of the Via Torino, coming from the Duomo Cathedral.
The construction of Santa Maria in San Satiro dates back to 1476 and was ordered by Galeazzo Sforza lord of Milan.
The most interesting thing is that entering into the church behind the altar seems there is a large space, a regular apse, complemented by columns and decorations.
But it doesn't, it's just an optical illusion. Behind the altar there is less than a meter of space. The apse that you see in the photo does not exist in reality.
The architect of this marvel is one of the greatest architects of the Italian Renaissance: Donato Bramante.
At the time to build the church, the diocese did not have the necessary permissions to build a regular apse, so Bramante accepted the challenge of designing an apse by drawing it according to the recent rules of perspective.
Legend has it that behind the church there was a brothel, which made a lot of money to Ludovico il Moro, and therefore could not be torn down to build the church.
Legend or reality, a visit to Santa Maria in San Satyr is a pleasure, even for the quiet location.
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