10 things you didn’t know about Milan

Milan is a metropolis located in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. It is known for being the fashion capital of the world. and for attractions such as the Milan Cathedral, the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, the Teatro alla Scala, the Sforzesco Castle or for containing the mural of The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci in the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent.

This very important Italian financial center is much more than what we name. There are thousands of sites to discover and lots of information to find out and entertain yourself a little. That is why we invite you to discover 10 things you did not know about Milan.

Things you didn’t know about Milan

Like any place, Milan also has curious facts to discover and there are probably many. Next, we will tell you some things you did not know about Milan.

1. The curious and strange symbol of Milan

What better than starting with the symbol that characterizes Milan? If you did not know, the symbol of this city has as its protagonist a large snake that is swallowing a child.

You may be wondering what mysterious story is behind it, but the reality is that it simply it is a representative figure of the Visconti coat of arms, that has lasted for more than 1000 years.

In addition, it is also part of the Alfa Romeo car brand logo. Does this symbol have some deeper meaning that we don’t know about?

2. Stroll through the domes of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The Vittorio Emanuele II gallery welcomes thousands of tourists who stroll through Milan and decide to come to this must-see classic of the city. However, few people know that you can take a walk through the domes by going up to its roof and glass ceilings. The views, as you can imagine, are fantastic.

3. Inspiration in the Statue of the New Law

Another of the curiosities of Milan has to do with the Statue of the New Law. This is the work of the sculptor Camillo Pacetti and, it is said, inspired sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi to build the iconic Statue of Liberty which is located in New York.

4. The University of Milan

The University of Milan is a prestigious university, one of the largest in all of Italy and even in Europe. And it not only stands out for this, but also for being located in a Renaissance building.

It is the Ca’ Granda, former headquarters of the Hospital Mayor of Milan. It was the work of the architect Filarete —Antonio Averlino— and one of the first Renaissance buildings.

During World War II, in 1943, the building was damaged by bombing, which led to major reconstruction and is considered a masterpiece of restoration. This site with so much history today houses the University of Milan.

5. Milan, the imperialist capital of Mediolanum

The city was founded by the Celts approximately 400 years BC and later conquered by the Romans in 222 BC The latter gave him the name of Mediolanumwhich years later would become the capital of the Roman Empire.

Although it was looted after its division from the Western Roman Empire, vestiges remain that you can find throughout the city. You just need time to observe and take some good photos of ancient Milan.

6. Three Kings in Milan?

The Basilica of San Eustorgio is one of the oldest in Milan and has a curious fact that you probably did not know: houses a sarcophagus with an engraved inscription what does it say “Sepulcrum Trium Magorun” next to a shooting star on its lid.

According to the story, Saint Eustorgio, the archbishop of Milan received the relics of the three wise men by Emperor Constantius II. For this reason, Saint Eustorgio would have built the basilica that was later looted. Fortunately, part of what was removed was recovered and brought back to the city. Will the wise men be there?

7. The Mystique Piazza Vetra

The Piazza Vetra —in Spanish, Plaza Vetra— has some curiosities… Perhaps the most famous of them is that of having been the scene of the execution of death sentences for commoners until the 19th century. This led to the unfolding of interesting stories and myths, such as having been the place where witches and heretics were burned and executed.

8. The “footprints of the devil” in the Basilica of San Ambrosio

On one of the columns outside the Basilica of Saint Ambrose, 2 holes are found that are attributed to nothing more and nothing less than the devil. Legend has it that the devil, enraged at not having been able to corrupt the Bishop of Milan by building the building, took the column and marked it with his claws.

9. Giuseppe Verdi was rejected in Milan

Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi applied for a place at the city’s conservatory upon arrival in Milan in 1833. Unfortunately, he was rejected for failing the test.

Giuseppe Verdi statue in the city of Milan.

The irony of this is that Verdi became one of the greatest Italian composers and the conservatory he failed to enter, today bears his name! That’s right, it’s the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory.

10. The eternal construction of the Milan Cathedral

One of the curious facts of the Duomo of Milan —Milan Cathedral, in Spanish— has to do with the time of its construction. Did you know that it took centuries to finish building?

This cathedral, which can hold up to 40,000 people and is one of the largest in the world, took centuries to complete. Its construction began in 1386 and ended in 1965. A great test of patience, right?

Discover everything about Milan

What do you think of these 10 things you didn’t know about Milan? Did you know any of these facts or stories? The city of fashion is much more than that and we have verified it.

However, the ones we listed above are just some of its curiosities, there are many more! If you travel to this metropolis, do not miss out on knowing them.

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