Here you will see an optical illusion, conceived the brilliant architect of 600 years ago!
In a small church near Piazza Duomo you will see an unusual optical illusion, which was conceived by genius architect Donato Bramante, a friend of Leonardo da Vinci, approximately 600 years ago.
Inside the church is the altar with the image of the Madonna. Stand in front of it - and you will see how the columns of the apse (altar) go deep into a couple of meters, and the altar seems spacious and wide.
Now come close to the altar - and you will realize that it is completely flat! This amazing illusion was conceived by the architect - once he was forbidden to demolish the public house, in the place which he planned to offer a real altar, and Donato Bramante decided to use the reception using the illusion of perspective.
Where to do?
Church of Santa Maria
This secret place near Piazza Duomo is an island of peace and tranquility amongst the hustle and bustling city.24
Location: Via Torino, 17/19
Open hours: from 7:30 am to 7 pm
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