- Top Ten placement in “Round Church Windows” Challenge (October 12, 2009) launched by “Christian Churches, Statues and Crosses” Group – MANY THANKS TO THE MEMBERS WHO VOTED MY IMAGE
- Featured in “Historic Landmarks of Europe” Group – February 19, 2009
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According to the legend, the church was commissioned by the Lombard Queen of Italy, Theodolinda. She had made a vow to build a church entitled to St. John, and when riding along the Lambro River, she was halted by a dove who told her Modo, Latin for “here”, to which she replied Etiam (“yes”) . Monza itself was initially known as Modoetia.
In 595, she had a oraculum (Queen’s chapel) built on the Greek Cross plan; of this chapel only the walls exist today. The Queen was buried here, in what is now the central left aisle. On the remains of the oraculum, a new church was erected in the 13th century. The basilica was again rebuilt, starting from 1300, in a Latin Cross plan with octagonal tiburium. In the late century, the side chapels were added and, as designed by Matteo da Campione, the Pisan-Gothic style façade in white and green marble was begun.
The façade has several mullioned windows with, in the centre, a large rose window framed by a motif inspired to Roman antique ceilings, decorated by rosettes, masks and star motifs.
Taken at night