Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio
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Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio information
Built in the 4th century to house the bones of the Three Kings, Sant'Eustorgio is one of Milan's oldest churches. Its harmonious exterior belies its rabble-rousing past as Milan's Inquisition HQ, but the real draw is Pigello Portinari's private chapel . Representative of the Medici bank in Milan, Portinari had the cash to splash on Milan's finest Renaissance chapel, built in Gothic style and frescoed with masterpieces by Vicenzo Foppa.
In the centre, borne aloft on life-size statues of the Cardinal Virtues, is the white marble Ark of St Peter Martyr, Prior of Como. It's sculputral detail and fancy gothic aedicule (canopy supported by columns) sheltering the Virgin and Christ make it one of the finest sarcophagi in Italy.