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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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  • a church that takes you back in history the style beautiful patio allows you to travel with your mind back in time
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  • We arrived at this church without having very clear whether it was worth and we were amazed. A church is beautiful, with an architectural style of the area, Romanesque Lombard, both the interior and exterior are a wonder. In my opinion it is worth turning away a bit from the Center to know and breathe tranquillity.
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  • Very close to the metro stop the Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio is a antique church lot less crowded compared to Duomo di Milano. It has however its own charm with respect to the entrance portico, painting...  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.