Saturday, 28 November 2015

Milan and the tomb of the Kings

Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio  - peaceful

The Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio is just up the street from where I was staying and on the route of tram 3 to the city centre. This holy place is in the Romanesque style.

I had to pop in before the taxi arrived to whisk me back to the airport. 

The Church was for many years an important stop for pilgrims on their journey to Rome because it was said to contain the tomb of the Three Magi or Three Kings.

In the 1200's the relics of the Magi were seized and afterwards taken to Cologne. 
Only in the 1900’s were some of the bones and garments sent back to Sant'Eustorgio's.

Inside was cool and peaceful. Several people were making their devotions and in the Sanctuary priests were fussing around the lectern preparing for Mass.  

I made a drawing and then my supplications in a side chapel.


Today the pieces of the Three Magi rest in the Three Kings altar and in memory of Magi, a star instead of the traditional cross adorns the bell tower.