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Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, Milan

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St. Ambrose built Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio from 379 to 386 CE, making it one of the most ancient churches in the city. However, the majority of what you see today is from 12th-century restorations, hence its Romanesque style. Admire the mosaics in the apse, one of which depicts the life of St. Ambrose, Milan's patron saint. Look for the many faded frescoes in various nooks and crannies of the church. Visit the crypt under the high altar. It contains the remains of three saints: Ambrose, Gervasus, and Protasus. Arrange to visit Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio and other attractions in Milan using our Milan vacation builder.
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  • Majestic and imposing, the basilica is considered the second most important in the city of Milan. Erected by the desire of the Saint to whom is dedicated in 386, undergoes many changes over the centuries, so much so that only around 1100 is rebuilt in neo-romantic style, with beautiful white and red colors that characterize it today. Some parts were damaged by bombing Us during World War II, and were rebuilt perfectly. The parts that I was particularly impressed by the absolute beauty is the sarcophagus of Stilicho, the end of the fourth century: there are carved Adam and Eve, the adoration of the Magi, Jesus child between the donkey and the ox, and Elijah on the bandwagon; but on the whole are the ciborium from the 9th century on porphyry columns, precious and difficult to work with because of its hardness, under which you can admire the Golden altar, which I was lucky enough to visit. It is fully protected by glass, and in the front is entirely made of gold, while the sides and in the back is silver coated with gold. There are sculpted into each side scenes from the life of Christ adorned with precious stones. It was built in 835 by master Vuolvinio. Other wonder is the mosaic decorating the apse, over the Golden altar. Made from the 4th to the 8th century, and restored after the war (red wire is visible indicating the area where action was taken last time. The Center prevails Christ Pantocrator with Saints gervasius and protasius, sides and underneath San Satiro, Saint Marcellina and Saint Candida, and the miracle of bilocation of St Ambrose. It is interesting to visit the adjoining Museum, containing much beautiful objects, as several processional crosses, and two beautiful Cribs: one made by prisoners in a concentration camp and the other donated by a milanese family, made with silk dresses and restored by the sisters marcelline.
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  • In Milan one of the attractions in the squares are the pigeons you can pay 2 euros to help some people who are on the square to receive tourists and they put some corn in your hand so that the birds come and eat.
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  • Nice and spacious. Not a giant square, it's full of local people mostly on lunch time, you will see a lot of workers having their lunch breaks over here. Quite place to be. 
  • I was denied communion here at Sunday mass. I told them I'm a baptised Protestant but the priest couldn't explain but just repeated 'itiz nat possibl'... I'm truly saddened by how Roman Catholics are haunted by its old meaningless, if not demeaning, rules.
  • This is the church of Milan’s patron saint, one of the best examples of Lombard Romanesque. Bare and essential, it’s the perfect antithesis to the opulence of the Duomo. Wander around the outside entrance portico to the entrance, sombre and austere, look at the capitals sculpted 800 years ago and the apse mosaic. Most importantly, take in the atmosphere. It’s a really spiritual place – I’m sure you’ll appreciate even if you are a non-believer.
  • Very nice basilica to visit. It had a very nice looking interior and a nice looking courtyard with many columns. Worth a quick visit.
  • An amazing basilica, definitely a "must do" in Milano. It was difficult to know what exactly needed to be visit because the city is full of attractions, but I do not regret this one. Do not hesitate to pay 2 euros to see the relics in the little church, it worth it !
  • Bare church named after the city saint, S.Ambrogio. Located in a quite area of the city
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