What is there to do in the high fashion capital that is Milan? Visit a bone church of course! Just a few minutes walk from the city’s famous Duomo (Cathedral) is a church with a tiny chapel in the back that’s packed full of bones. The church of San Bernardino alle Ossa is pretty unremarkable when compared to the rest of Italy's churches, but the bone chapel is what sets it apart.
The chapel was built in 1210, when an adjacent cemetery ran out of space, a room was built to hold bones. A church was later attached in 1269. The walls are decorated with human skulls and tibiae.
The bone room is rather small, but the ceiling soars overhead so there’s plenty of space on the high walls for the stacks of bones. The bones are not as artistically arranged as they are at the Capuchin Crypt in Rome. For the main part just carefully stacked skulls and large bones. But in the two biggest wall panels, the large bones make up the background while the skulls are arranged to make the symbol of the cross.
Duomo di Milano
|Angry cloud above Ray|
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
|The worlds oldest shopping centre. Bit like Meadow hall|
|Gucci Cafe. Odd.|
|The glass ceiling had seen better days. Rain leaked through in several sections|
As we walked around, Cisco soon turned into Amsterdam where the canal was littered with bars & restaurants. We enjoyed another Aperitivo.
As I write this blog bbc news has just reported that there was a tornado in Milan this very morning! I am glad it wasnt 48 hours in Milan.