Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, Milan

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Get a sense of the city when it was the capital of the Western Roman Empire by stepping inside Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, the oldest church in Milan, dating back to the 4th century. Visit the Chapel of St. Aquilinus to view ancient Byzantine mosaics. Find the sarcophagus in the chapel said to hold the body of Galla Placidia, daughter of the Roman Emperor Theodosius I. Follow the stairs behind the altar to see pieces of the original foundation, built with materials taken from an old Roman amphitheater. To visit Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore and other attractions in Milan, use our Milan trip maker tool .
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  • Is one of the oldest Churches in Milan, to visit absolutely! Is beautiful, both from an architectural point of view that painting and artistic, and is also a very sacred place and it is beautiful!!! I recently visited us at the usual classical music concert in the Basilica offers free the Milanese and tourists every year during the night of Saint Lawrence on 10 August. It was a beautiful, unforgettable concert!
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  • We almost went away near it, didn't know what kind of church is. After this we were suprised, how nice is it! A very old and small building from the Roman times. It doesn't seem to be an uniqe place b...  more »
  • After the Duomo by far the most majestic sacred building. Doing a seriously impressive and with the remaining Colonnade in front of the entrance gives the impression as if we where they went backwards to ancient times.
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  • Nice church with a rich history reflected by it's interesting architecture and decorative pieces. Location of s. Aquino urn.
  • Spoilt by graffiti! But quite a tranquil place on a hot Sunday afternoon
  • If I don't mistake this church is one of the oldest in Milan city. Inside the church you can pay to visit the Romans mosaic on the wall ;-)
  • Impressive basilica, though I expected a little more. Architecture-wise it is beautiful, but the decorations are somehow missing.
  • One of the oldest churches of Christianity. Similarity in structure and building techniques to Saint Sophia in Istanbul. Amazing Paleochristian mosaics in the chapel of Saint Aquilino.

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