San Pietro in Gessate


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This church was commissioned by Florentine banker Pigello Portinari and built between 1447 and 1475 to a design by Pietro Antonio and Guiniforte Solari. In 1862, frescoes were discovered under a layer of plaster. In the 16th and 17th centuries, even art was affected by the widespread plague paranoia: these frescoes were covered with lime-based plaster in order to disinfect them. The church's eight-stall choir is a reconstruction based on what was left of the one built in 1640 by Carlo Garavaglia: the original was used as firewood during World War II. The façade was put up in 1912 by Diego Brioschi, but the 17th-century entrance has been preserved.

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San Pietro in Gessate details

Piazza San Pietro in Gessate,
at corso di Porta Vittoria

Area Milan

Transport Bus 60, 73, 77, 84/tram 9, 12, 20, 29, 30 .

Telephone 02 5410 7424

Open 7.30am-6pm Mon-Fri; 8.30am-noon, 4-8pm Sat; 8.30am-1pm, 4.30-8pm Sun.

Admission free.

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