The Abbey of Viboldone
San Giuliano Milanese -
Built in the twelfth century by the Order of the Humiliati founded by San Bernardo, the abbey was transformed by prior Guglielmo Villa at the peak of his political career. It is a rare example of the Order of the Humiliati, the congregation of secular origin made up of men and women who lived in separate convents and dedicated themselves in particular to weaving. The Order of the Humiliati was particularly widespread during the fourteenth century in Lombardy, coinciding with calling artists from Tuscany to decorate the churches - both inside and outside the city - and was subsequently suppressed by San Carlo Borromeo in the second half of the sixteenth century. The church with three naves, in good condition, is all that remains of the abbey and it features a typical false front (i.e. higher than the naves) dated 1348, a typical example of Lombard Gothic.