allow me to start by ranting at whoever at TripAdvisor is responsible for naming this entry. The proper indexing is the name of the medieval church: "San Giovanni in Conca", of which only the crypt remains.
If you don’t know it is there, you will certainly miss these (few) remnants of a protocristian church. all that is left of the temple are fragments of the absidal walls (dated around 1100) and part of the crypt (dated 600 or so). it is mind-boggling to think that the entire original church existed till 1879, and large parts of it were still in place in 1948; demolition was not caused by war or structural failures, but rather the desire to ‘facilitate’ vehicular traffic in the area.
The crypt is reached by walking down a short open-air staircase; the monument is kept open to the public thanks to volunteers. The crypt is small and unadorned; what is visible are fragments of old floors, the stone columns and capitels, stubs of old walls, a few surviving basreliefs. Some frescoes and mosaics from the original church (either saved before the demolition or re-discovered when the nearby subway tunnel was dug) are preserved in museums. The facade was ‘recycled’ to become the facade to the valdese church in town.
In a city like Milano, where modern (post 1700) development has obliterated so much of the old architecture, this monument is a welcome and surprising find.
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