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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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  • I visited several times this church, overlooking a small square along Corso Garibaldi and every time I find a place of peace, silence and art ... The Romanesque church is really intimate and preserves remarkable works of art, among which the apse of the Bergognone. Worth a visit!
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  • Perhaps one of the less "popular" Basilica of Milan between early Christian ones, is a wonderful treasure trove of art ... very impressive in the evening with the discreet lighting that characterizes inside too. Highly recommended!
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  • Going in there often in san Simpliciano and I'm fascinated every time: the simplicity of its lines, the dimness that characterizes it, the wealth of art, are the distinctive data. The apse is literally an explosion of light and colors than the gaunt aisle. I couldn't imagine it differently from what it is. The restoration work that in the past brought back to light the ancient characteristics, they gave her new life.
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  • Beautiful.
  • One of the most interesting churches I've ever been to.
  • Mistreated by canonical paths still beautiful and very tourist worth of a visit!
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  • Very beautiful, it's great and very fresh, many beautiful frescoes and unfortunately not much frequented by tourists, despite its history, but so is also very quiet.
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  • Beautiful well preserved Romanesque church.
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