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“Out of the way”

Cripta di San Giovanni
Ranked #120 of 1,064 things to do in Milan
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Reviewed 22 May 2017

Only went here as my husband and I were staying the Hotel Dei Cavalieri and this crypt is directly in front of the hotel. It is the site of an ancient church which has been built over but a dedicated band of people have recovered what they can and display it in this crypt. Not an attraction that you probably go out of the way to see but if you are passing by probably worth a look inside.

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Reviewed 3 May 2017

The relics that left of IV'th century ancient church right in the center of Missori square. It called San Giovanni in Conca. Not really there's much to see, sadly.

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Reviewed 10 February 2017

This crypt is in front of the Dei Cavalieri hotel we were staying in so I decided to have a look. It is quite small crypt but is part of a church that was on the site in about 600. For various reasons the original church was dismantled in parts since about 1870. It is maintained by volunteers and contains some remains of previous Roman occupation as well as some other exhibits that have been found on the site. It is not far from the city centre and entry is free.

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Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Nice to see, but it was closed when I arrived. Good to see and take pictures. It is very closed to the city center, but small and surrounded by modern buildings.

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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.

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