• LOCATION 19 | The Mysteries of Milan: From the Duomo to the Royal Palace


    I’m usually awestruck whenever I pass by this bakery called Panarello on your right. If you’re feeling peckish drop in for a quick coffee and pastry.

    Otherwise if you prefer to keep moving, turn right into the square then left and on a few steps until you're in front of the large brick building with a clock on your right.

    As you walk, you’ll see a statue of a saint called Uldrich on an ornate pedestal. I bet you hardly anyone has ever heard of him. 35 columns of worship were erected at crossroads throughout the city during the plague of 1576. Pious archbishop, Carlo Borromeo, felt that just because people had to stay indoors to avoid contagion that shouldn't prevent them from listening to several masses a day from their windows. The late 1700s saw the age of enlightenment and many columns were removed by Austrian Empress Maria Theresa as they obstructed horse-drawn carriages. The terrifying Inquisition was finally abolished and all the archives burnt in a big public bonfire in 1788.

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The Mysteries of Milan: From the Duomo to the Royal Palace