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1910 New Catholic Dictionary

Milan, Italy

(Celtic, met lan)

City in northern Italy. Founded in 396 B.C. by the Insubres, it became a Roman possession in 221 BC and after 296 AD was the capital of several emperors. The diocese established c.200was governed by several saints among whom are Saint Dionysius, Saint Ambrose, and Saint Petrus, the first archbishop. In 997 the title of count was given by Otto II to the archbishop whose power was diminished by the rise of the burghers who gained absolute authority in 1116. From this period, the history of the city is a succession of wars against the empire and internal disturbanccs which terminated when the archbishop Otto Visconti proclaimed himself perpetual lord, thus putting an end to the Republic of Milan. From 1500 the city was successively under the dominion of France, Spain, and Austria and finally in 1859 was annexed to the kingdom of Italy. The city is rich in works of art which include the magnificent cathedral begun in 1386 by Giovanni Galeazzo, the famous Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci in the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie, and numerous treasures by Bramante and Amadeo. The martyrdom of Saint Gervasius and Saint Protasius, Saint Victor, Saint Felix, etc., took place at Milan and several general councils were held there. See also,

  • city of Milan
  • patron saints index

The city is the seat of the archdiocese of Milan. It was founded as a diocese in the first century, one of the first sites in Italy. Elevated to an archdiocese in the 4th century. Suffragan dioceses include

  • Bergamo
  • Brescia
  • Como
  • Crema
  • Cremona
  • Lodi
  • Mantova
  • Pavia
  • Vigevano

Notable bishops and archbishops in its history include

  • Saint Ambrose of Milan
  • Saint Charles Borromeo
  • Blessed Andrea Carlo Ferrari
  • Blessed Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster
  • Pope Paul VI

See also

  • Catholic-Hiearchy.Org
  • archdiocese of Milan
  • patron saints index

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Entry for 'Milan, Italy'. 1910 New Catholic Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ncd/m/milan-italy.html. 1910.

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