You step into a giant forest of marble, when you enter the cathedral of Milan.
Then I found myself next to the famous statue of St. Bartholomew, flayed alive for the faith.
St. Charles Borromeo lies in the crypt, under the high altar.
They don’t make it easy to pray in the Duomo Milano. Large parts of the church lie behind impenetrable barricades. Couldn’t even find the Blessed Sacrament.
But across town, the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio has the great Father of the Church, entombed with two martyrs to whom he was devoted, Sts. Gervase and Protase.
Ambrose made them the patrons of Milan, as narrated in St. Augustine’s Confessions. (St. Ambrose baptized St. Augustine.) After Ambrose died, they re-interred the martyrs with him, since he had become the city’s perennial patron.
The martyrs are vested as St. Ambrose’s deacons. They lie beneath this mosaic: