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Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, Milan

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#13 of 102 in Historic Sites in Milan
Church Tourist Spot
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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For a quintessential Milanese experience, stay in the bustling heart of the old town. This area offers easy foot access to most of Milan's main sites, as well as some of the city's finest restaurants, shops, and theaters. The central area is also quite crowded, and comfortable rooms in good hotels can be very expensive. Visitors traveling on a budget can choose from a range of top-notch B&Bs and family-operated hostels, which offer private parking and access to private outdoor space, minutes from Milan's main attractions.
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  • This church is just worth to look from pictures, maybe people who rate here as a must attraction didn't see more church or amazing building. Avoid here if u don't have time, i was passing here thats w...  more »
  • This is an old church that dates back to the fourth century. The main part of the church was built much later and is fairly plain. However, the real interest is the Chapel of Saint Aquilino to the sid...  more »
  • One of the most beautiful and oldest churches in Milan, built between IV-V centuries and later was rebuilt several times during medieval period. Just great!  more »
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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.