An oasis of peace in the heart of Milan. It may seem a paradox, but actually it is true. A charming, mysterious, and dreamlike reality that you can experience by crossing the threshold of Chiostri di San Barnaba, an evocative fifteenth-century historic residence, a few steps away from Rotonda della Besana, Sormani Library, and the Cathedral square.
Their history starts in 1466, when the first stone was placed in the area that would have hosted the complex of Santa Maria della Pace with its convent, even if a series of troubles caused a thirty years delay to let them open and consecrate the church. In 1805, the complex was confiscated by Napoleon. Between the 19th and 20th centuries, the church and the convent took different paths: the church passed to the nuns of Santa Maria Riparatrice, and to the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem then. [show more...]