San Vincenzo in Prato


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Once an expanse of prati (fields), the area around this small church was used as a pagan, and subsequently Christian, necropolis. Benedictine monks occupied the adjacent monastery in the ninth century and remained there until 1520; it's uncertain whether the present church dates from the ninth or 11th century. French occupiers turned it into a storehouse and then barracks in 1798. Later it became a chemical factory, belching fumes that earned it the nickname Casa del Mago ('magician's house'). It was restored and reconsecrated in the 1880s.

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San Vincenzo in Prato details

Via Daniele Crespi 6

Area Milan

Transport Metro Sant'Agostino/bus 94/tram 2, 14 .

Telephone 02 837 3107

Open 7.45-noon, 3.30-7pm daily.

Admission free.

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