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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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  • for such an old building,it is remarkably well preserved, as are all of the buildings that we visited  more »
  • One of the most beautiful basilica I ve ever seen in my life! It s above Notre-Dame, Paris! The pictures on the walls and the gold it s. Amazing! I have spent 2hours in this and I will be back everyti...  more »
  • Slightly out of the way but in a student area, close to the Metro. Recommended in guide books - but in comparison to the Duomo, practically empty. Fascinating if you like old Churches, architecture, p...  more »
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  • This church is one of the oldest in Milan. It used to be called "Basilica Martyrum" for a reason as it holds remains of St. Ambrose and two other martyrs. You can actually see them. Absolute gem, Romanesque style. Must see in Milan.
  • Very Spiritual. Very different and impressive. Although Roman Catholic frescoes actually look much like Orthodox.
  • If you get the chance, sit at the back of the crypt and observe the different reactions of guests as they realise they're looking at the skeleton of Milan's Patron Saint. This alone makes the visit to this location very unique
  • A beautiful experience, walking through its courtyard kind of isolates you from all the chaos and noise of the city, not to mention it's loveable architectural style with the red bricks all over. You really feel peaceful there.
  • Nice small and ancient church. It is nice to check out if you have extra time in Milan.