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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. A visit to Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Milan vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Milanese, Milan's children and never visited! In 53 years I did it with a guide. Beautiful, unique, nestled in bustling Milan, goes surely visited to know and understand how Roman was a time my Milan.
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  • From the outside and from the inside of the Church was very much liked, a simple stone, you could take a walk around and behind the altar.
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  • Reach this church already lead to Roman times, in the square there is a colonnade and a monument to Constantino I. The best of this church is the chapel of San Aquilino which preserves precious mosaics.
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  • 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.
  • Heritage architecture at its finest. I'm not a religious person, however, architecturally this is amazing, inside and out.
  • The church is calm and serene. The mosaic work exhibited is worth visiting and spending a few minutes for.