The Saint with a sword Milan

Image by Matteo Banchi

The Saint with a sword – Holy

Not looking at the ground while walking means you’ll stumble almost certainly, but looking up gave me a different perspective of things around me that I would have never understood otherwise. For example in Sant’Eustorgio square, not far from Porta Ticinese a very originalsstatue stands on the top of a column.

It represents the friar Peter from Verona who in the year 1250 was appointed as Inquisitor of Milano and Como by Pope Innocent IV. His task was to supervise the processes of the Inquisition of the Dominicans working in Sant’Eustorgio church. Those who were accused of sorcery or witchcraft were processed in the park behind the basilica, better known as Park Vetra.

The cruelty of the friar was very well known, so much that a group of rebels decided to fight him and planned to attack. Peter died after coming back from Como, when the men struck him violently on the head with a sickle.

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Piazza Sant'Eustorgio , Milan

Opening Times

24 hours daily


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)