Crypt of Leonardo – The beating heart of Milan
After 50 years since last opening, reopens to the public the Crypt of Leonardo at San Sepolcro. A place with more than 1000 years of history, built in the Middle Ages and strongly backed by the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, was then in the place of burial, prayer and art.
Frescoes on the walls realized in 1100 and 1400, the flooring is from the Roman period and at the entrance of the Crypt of Santo Sepolcro there was the ancient crossroads between cardo and decumanus.
Leonardo da Vinci was in this crypt and represented a map, now preserved in France, and identified this place as the true center of Milan. Hence the reason why it is also called the Crypt of Leonardo.
This symbol of the Milan underground, placed in Piazza San Sepolcro where took place the first fascist meeting in 1919, remained closed for over 50 years and is now returning to visitors with a first restoration. Over the crypt extends the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan, where are hosted works of art of inestimable value including the Atlantic Code by Leonardo da Vinci, the Musician of Leonardo himself, and works by Raffaello, Botticelli, Michelangelo and much much more.
Precisely because of its close link with the Holy Sepulchre, which is represented with a medieval sarcophagus, there is now exposed a certified copy of the Holy Shroud. Run along the floor hatches for access to underground tombs where lie the people that made Milan great and prelates of the order of the Oblates.
The Crypt of Leonardo is open daily from 12 am to 20 pm , is required a 10€ ticket (needed for restoration work). The MilanoCard owners, the tourist city pass of Milan, can get free entry (click here). Don’t miss to visit this top attraction of Milan, the Crypt of Leonardo can’t be missed by your things to do in Milan .