Chiesa Di San Fedele, Milan
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Chiesa Di San Fedele, Milan - Address, Phone Number
Address: Piazza S. Fedele, 20121 Milano, Italy
Time Required: 00:30 Mins
Timings: 07:30 am - 08:00 pm Details
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This is probably the third church standing on this exact location. Built for the Jesuits in the 16th century, it has a single nave and granite columns. After the Jesuit order was suppressed in the 18th century, the church came to be knowns as Santa Maria della Scala in San Fedele, after the nearby church that had recently been destroyed to make way for the Teatro alla Scala. The artwork of the demolished church was use to decorate this one. Check out the Chapel of Saint Ignatius, Chapel of the Ascension of Christ, and the bronze plaque dedicated to writer Alessandro Manzoni, who prayed here, and died by slipping on the front steps. All things considered this is a lavish and sumptuously decorated building.
How To reach Chiesa Di San Fedele by Public Transport
- Tram 1 stop Teatro Alla Scala.
- Subway 1 stop Cordusio
- Tram 16, 27, NM1 stop Cordusio M1
- M1, M3 stop Duomo.
- Trams 24, 12, 16, 27, 2, 3, 14 stop Duomo.
- Bus 61 stop Via Monte Di Pieta' Via Verdi.
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Brilliant baroque Jesuit church built in 1569 with Pellegrino Tibaldi as architect. Tibaldi studied under Michelangelo who was busy at that time with the Sistine Chapel. In many aspects San Fedele (Saint Fidelis) is similar to the Gesu in Rome. The outside is a simple facade because the thought in the architecture was that the profane was on the outside and the heavenly on the inside. There are 7 steps to enter the church signifying the 7 days of creation. When you step inside, you are transported to an elaborate vision of "paradise" with lots of gold (baroque style), the purest element on earth, used extensively to represent the perfection of Heaven. On the ceiling we see a painting of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and it seems to open the roof of the Church so we feel transported to Heaven - that we have entered into the realm. The windows and dome above the altar also serves to give this feeling. The Jesuit influence is also seen in the many dedications to Jesus: the beautiful cross depicting a tortured Christ on the main altar; Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist in the baptistry; the painting of crucified Jesus caressed by the women after being taken down from the cross and underneath the painting, the marble depiction of Jesus lying in the tomb; and of course, the painting of St. Ignatius considering the personal cross he must carry to walk in the footsteps of Our Lord. We see the Host, or communion bread, with the latin IHS and gold beams radiating from it, again signifying Christ risen and surrounded by angels - a depiction similar to that in the Gesu in Rome. One immediate example of the fact that the Church was built to counter criticisms levied on the Catholic Church during the reformation is that there is a single nave with no interior columns (unlike the Duomo and its gothic architecture). The criticism was that the Catholic Church was not transparent and therefore, needed to take the obstructions away, both figuratively and actively. In addition, the pulpit was put in the middle of the nave and not in the apse; this was again in response to a well-deserved criticism during the reformation. At that point in time, many priests were not educated and therefore were not allowed to preach. The Jesuits were well-educated and in fact, countered this criticism by often having various priests in the pulpit to preach throughout the day. The Jesuits have also created a museum itinerary to reflect on how faith and its interpretation changes with time and the fruitful interaction between art and spirituality. The cost is minimal for the museum and itinerary.
Nice and quiet.
Beautiful facade, interior and sacristy.
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