If You Love the Baroque, Sant’Alessandro in Zebedia is the Church for You

Alessandro in ZebediaThe church of Sant’Alessandro in Zebedia is a baroque church built in the seventeenth century on the initiative of Lorenzo Binago, completed on his death by Francesco Maria Ricchino.

The church is easy to reach, in fact it is located near via Torino, in Piazza Giuseppe Missori, 4.

What’s special about this church?

Well, first of all, if you like baroque churches, this is the church for you!

It is covered from top to bottom with marbles, gilded carvings, precious stones and luxurious decorations. Inside, the splendor comes to life and every detail is taken care of.

Alessandro in ZebediaWhat’s more? We surely can’t forget the many paintings worthy of an art gallery! Among the most famous there are the “Assumption of Mary”, “Nativity”, the “Crucifixion” by Camillo Procaccini, the “Martyrdom of S. Pancrazio” by G.B. Ossona and “Adoration of the Magi” by Daniele Crespi.

Inside we also find a precious organ, in carved and gilded wood and exceptional works of applied art, represented by the confessional, the pulpit, the choir and the altars.

The central altar is an extreme example of opulence, with inlays of precious stones and gems tied in gilded bronze. It is from G.B. Riccardi and was donated by the Visconti di Modrone family.

Alessandro in ZebediaCan we forget the enchanting dome? With the representation of the virtues of the barnabita order, it leaves us open-mouthed!

Even the facade has a particularity: it is unusually flanked by two bell towers! A clock and a bell tower.

Furthermore, the famous Bernabò Visconti and his wife Regina della Scala are buried inside the church.

Why is it called Sant’Alessandro in Zebedia?

Because it is located in the place where the tradition says that Sant’Alessandro was held prisoner.
The name in Zebedia derives from the name of the prison in which the martyr was locked up, which was called Zebedia.

Now it’s your turn! Have you ever been here or in other churches in Milan? Leave a comment below and let me know the ones you like best! Thanks 😀

 

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