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“a pox on the modern-city planners!”

Cripta di San Giovanni
Ranked #103 of 1,028 things to do in Milan
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Reviewed 2 January 2016

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.

Date of experience: October 2015
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Reviewed 7 December 2015

The church of San Giovanni in Conca had the unfortunate luck to be located exactly where city officials wanted to expand the roads. Remember that the Milanese wanted to be modern and didn't much value their old stuff. Boom.! But afterwards, they had an "oops" moment, so rebuilt a touch of the church in the median that divides a very busy street. When you go down the stairs into the crypt, that part is still original, but the best part is that there are usually a whole bunch of volunteers from Touring Club Italiano. These are mostly retired folk who love their heritage and sharing it with others, even those who don't speak Italian. They'll give you advice on all the sites, and they directed me to a cool church that was not originally on my list. What a bunch of wonderful sweet people they are- if any are reading this - Grazie!

Date of experience: November 2015
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

Great historical site, it used to be a church, built on top of Roman ruins which you can see the traces of inside the crypt. Inside, there's a lot if information, but all of it in Italian, so if you don't understand any it will be quite disappointing.

Date of experience: May 2014
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Reviewed 10 January 2014 via mobile

Dropped in here and there were some things to see, not much and all in english. I suspect people 5 star these places as they planned to go and can not admit being dissapointed in there own choices.

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Reviewed 17 May 2012

Rediscovery of a fully unknown ancient site in Milan's city at a few steps from thewellknown PiazzaDuomo.Here we can see the remains of a church whose story comes from the Early Middle Age.A recent restoration turned this site into a little museum which allows us to admire an archeologycal collection.You can't miss this unusual location just at a one minute walk from the cathedral.

Date of experience: January 2012
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