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Basilica of San Simpliciano, Milan

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The Basilica of San Simpliciano is a church in the centre of Milan, Italy northern, the second oldest in the form of a Latin cross, first erected by Saint Ambrose. It is dedicated to Saint Simplician, bishop of Milan.HistoryThe site of the present church was occupied in the 3rd century AD by a pagan cemetery. Here St. Ambrose began the construction of the Basilica Virginum ("Basilica of the Virgins"), which was finished by his successor Simplicianus, who was buried here. A brick with the mark of the Lombard King Agilulf shows that repairs were made between the years 590-615 AD.In the ninth century the Cluniac Benedictines took possession of the church. In 1176 the church became famous when, according to the legend, the bodies of the martyrs housed here flew as doves to the field of Legnano, landing on the City's Carroccio, (a ceremonial war waggon) as a sign of the imminent victory against Frederick Barbarossa's army.When the building was modified between the 12th and the 13th centuries, giving it the present Romanesque appearance, the original walls were preserved to a height of 22 meters. On the night of 6–7 April 1252 the body of Peter of Verona (later St. Peter Martyr) was laid in state after his assassination. A great multitude came to watch vigil, and the origins of Peter's cult began, as people started to report miraculous occurrences. In 1517 it was acquired by the Benedictines of Montecassino, who remained here until 1798, when the convent was secularized and for a time turned into barracks. In the 16th century the Spanish governor Ferrante Gonzaga had the bell tower lowered by 25 meters. The dome and the side wings were also modified in 1582. Other interventions were carried out in the 19th century, with poor results, while the façade was reworked in 1870. In 1927 stained-glass windows portraying episodes of the battle of Legnano were added.
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  • The tradition says the Balisica is one of the four churches S.Ambrogio wanted at the four corners of the ancient city when he became bishop in year 374, with the original name of "Basilica Virginum". ...  more »
  • Nice and peaceful place to visit when running around the city for shopping and treasure hunting. Very nice paintings, wood carvings and all you need inside the great church.  more »
  • It was built in 374 by St Ambrose the Bishop of Milan and it is a massive building that has worn well considering its age. It is not that imposing externally but inside its high columns and old murals...  more »
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  • Just beyond beautiful!
  • Beautiful.
  • One of the most interesting churches I've ever been to.
  • Is the Church when you come close to the itinerary. Sforzesco Castle is a magnificent Gothic architecture, but is here San Simplicio Church's Romanesque church. Inside the dark and quiet prayer space, can be seen a painting of the gentle and beautiful gems. It is just interesting pieces as long as time permits also story of Christianity was depicted in the stained-glass Windows and you want to watch. Appearance has vivid mosaics in the front door while simplifying, you can feel the long, long history.
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  • Neo-Baroque beautiful Romanesque Basilica. Is one of the oldest and most important in Milan. Built in 374 and terminana in later centuries are paintings, frescoes, mosaics of great beauty and value of various artists such as a. Luini, Procaccini, Bergognone. Behind the altar is a crypt Chapel and floor Romanesque. There are three beautiful bodies from various periods. To visit absolutely!
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