Bramante perspective in Santa Maria presso San Satiro

    The church of San Satiro was built in 879, alongside a small hospital for pilgrims. Near the hospital there was a small cemetery, where in 1242, a miracle occurred; a small fresco painting of the Madonna with Child was stabbed by a man with a knife, and it started to bleed.

    In the late 15th century, Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza commissioned a larger church to accommodate the many pilgrims arriving here.

    Architect Bramante liked the idea of a central-plan church, but the barrel-vaulted extension of the nave behind the altar could not be built because of lack of space. The clerical authorities were also opposed to a central plan, because they wanted the altar at the end of the nave. Bramante’s solution was a Renaissance masterpiece…