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The left transept of the Duomo in Milan houses the enormous chandelier called the Trivulzio Candelabrum. 
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The left transept of the Duomo in Milan houses the enormous chandelier called the Trivulzio Candelabrum.
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St. Lawrence's Basilica, believed to be the oldest church in Milan, northern Italy. 
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St. Lawrence's Basilica, believed to be the oldest church in Milan, northern Italy.

"The basilica is located within a city park called Basilicas Park, which includes both the Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio, as well as the Roman Colonne di San Lorenzo.

Various suggestions of its origin have been made, including a foundation in cca 370. The Basilica was renovated and redecorated in the 16th century, it has however maintained the original Byzantine structure, with a dome and four towers resembling those of Constantinople's Hagia Sofia. A recent detailed stratiographic study of the walls identified five phases of construction in antiquity from Theodosius I to the early Lombard period.

The church is a quatrefoil central-plan building, with a double-shell layout, consisting of an open central area (the inner shell) surrounded by an ambulatory (the outer shell). The quatrefoil design is expressed in four exedrae (semicircular recesses) of two stories, with five arches per exedra. As usual for the period, the interior had a matroneum (balcony for female worshippers), now partially disappeared. Also the polychrome interior decoration is now missing. The dome was also rebuilt in Baroque style after the original had crumbled down." (Text based on Wikipedia).

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The view of the interior of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice from the matroneum, the former women's gallery. 
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The view of the interior of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice from the matroneum, the former women's gallery.

"Venice for centuries was Europe’s principal gateway between the Orient and the West, so it should come as no surprise that the architectural style for the sumptuously Byzantine Basilica di San Marco, replete with five mosquelike bulbed domes, was borrowed from Constantinople. Legend has it that in 828, two enterprising Venetian merchants smuggled the remains of St. Mark the Evangelist from Egypt by packing them in pickled pork to bypass the scrutiny of Muslim guards. Thus, St. Mark replaced the Greek St. Theodore as Venice’s patron saint, and a small chapel was built on this spot in his honor. Through the centuries (much of what you see was constructed in the 11th c.), wealthy Venetian merchants and politicians alike vied with one another in donating gifts to expand and embellish this church, the saint’s final resting place and, with the adjacent Palazzo Ducale, a symbol of Venetian wealth and power. Exotic and mysterious, it is unlike any other Roman Catholic church. And so it is that the Basilica di San Marco earned its name as the Chiesa d’Oro (Golden Church), with a cavernous interior exquisitely gilded with Byzantine mosaics added over some 7 centuries and covering every inch of both ceiling and pavement." (John Moretti: Frommer's Northern Italy, 2006).
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Loggia dei Cavalli — the balcony on the front of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice with a fantastic view of St. Mark's Square. 
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Loggia dei Cavalli — the balcony on the front of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice with a fantastic view of St. Mark's Square.
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Inside the church of San Zaccaria in the San Marco district of Venice. 
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Inside the church of San Zaccaria in the San Marco district of Venice.
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