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Chiesa di San Babila, Milan
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San Babila is a Roman Catholic church in Milan, northern Italy. It was once considered the third most important in the city after the Duomo and the Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio. It is dedicated to saint Babylas of Antioch.At the beginning of the 5th century, Marolus, the bishop of Milan, brought from Antioch to Milan relics of saints Babylas of Antioch and Romanus of Caesarea. Marolus founded the Basilica Concilia Sanctorum or church of San Romano, which stood until the 19th century a few meters south of the church of San Babila, on the site of a Roman temple dedicated to the Sun.The church of San Babila was built on the same site in about 1095. In the 16th century, the Church was extended with an additional construction at the front and a new baroque façade.The whole complex was renovated in the 19th century with the intent of restoring the appearance of the Medieval basilica, and in the early 20th century the Neo-Romanesque façade by Paolo Cesa-Bianchi was built. The bell tower is from 1920, and replaced the original tower which fell down in the 16th century.The interior has a nave and two aisles. Nothing of the original edifice has remained after the restoration and reconstruction carried on in the following centuries. The two side chapels are from the late Renaissance. The right aisle has an image of the Madonna which is highly venerated by the Milanese population.
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  • If you are in piazza san Babila, one cannot get into this little church to be a basilica, but to see bella and there is an air of lived that is Church that welcomes its own community that is alive
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  • Peaceful and very nice church for relaxing and take a breath between running out for shopping. Nice paintings and everything needed for visiting. Special background why this building is there. 
  • Basilica in the city center, is located in the square; built at the end of the 11th century and refurbished several times. The neo-Romanesque façade was completed in 1905 and the belfry in 1927 (after the collapse of the original in ' 500). Nice facade with bezel with Christ blessing on golden background. Three naves of no particular interest or beauty.
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  • The Basilica of San Babila in Milan, is a Catholic place of worship located in the square. Inside is rich in mosaics and decorations. Has a "Founding Organ of the Basilica of San Babila" which stages concert seasons. Piazza San Babila, 70 years was the scene of political passions. The "sanbabilini" boys of the so-called "Milan well" spent his youth in adventures that were among the extreme militancy and the carefree student spirit. Shopping in the old town is full of famous brands such as: Dolce Gabbana, Versace, Armani, and luxury shops, jewelry stores and showrooms. It is located near the so-called "fashion district" which is closed between four streets: Via Montenapoleone, Via Manzoni, Via Della Spiga and Corso Venezia, but small waterways are sought after by Arab and Japanese tourists. A real luxury and fashion district.
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  • Beautiful Basilica, definitely worth visiting. Interesting mosaics inside.
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  • Suggestive point of reflection in the Center. Very nice interior decorations
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