Monday, May 9, 2011

Basilica of San Nazaro in Brolo (May, 2007)

I was struck by this church as I was strolling along in my first solo wander through central Milan. I hadn't ever seen architecture like this before--possibly because the church was begun in 382 CE, a date that puts it in the early period of Christianity and squarely within the Roman era as well. Constantine, the first Christian Roman emperor, died in 336 (the Edict of Milan was in 313). Christianity became the religion of Rome in 380--just two years before the ground was broken for San Nazaro in Brolo. So its construction occurred at a unique juncture in Christian history.

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