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Church of St. Apollinare in Baggio – “Go to Baggio and play the pipe organ”

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In Milan, when you want to dismiss somebody sending him to do something impossible you will say "Va a Bagg a sonà l'òrghen!" ("Go to Baggio and play the pipe organ"). This saying is related to the Church of St. Apollinare. Around 1865, it was decided to place a pipe organ in the church with the contribution of the population; however, after the restoration of the building only little money was left, not enough to buy the organ. In order to please the donors, an artist was asked to paint a pipe organ on the wall: this fact was so ridiculous that a new petition was organised to collect the money to buy a real pipe organ. Today the painting is no more there but the church has its 19th century old pipe organ.

Church of St. Apollinare in Baggio – “Go to Baggio and play the pipe organ”

Piazza Sant' Apollinare, 6, 20152 Milano MI, Italy

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