Trip Planner Europe  /  Italy  /  Lombardy  /  Milan  /  Sightseeing  /  Chiesa di San Babila

Chiesa di San Babila, Milan

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.2/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
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.
Plan to see Chiesa di San Babila and other attractions that appeal to you using our Milan holiday planner.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • Relatively unadorned, but authentic church. The place is quiet, genuine - no gift shop, no ticket to get in, no armed guards, just a lovely old church. Lovely frescoes, but restrained stained glass wi...  read more »
  • Although the Church has undergone a huge series of modifications and alterations over the centuries, its harmony and proportions along with its slender Tower make it highlight in the Milanese district of opulence.
    show original
  • The Church of San Babila, was once considered the most important of Milan, after the Duomo and the Basilica of Saint Ambrose. Its three naves, each with a semicircular apse, the Central, lateral, vaulted, and the blanket are ribbed vaults, besides the two chapels, dating back to the late Renaissance.
    show original
  • Is one of the churches that I love most about Milan. An intimate and with a special warmth
    show original
  • Suggestive point of reflection in the Center. Very nice interior decorations
    show original
    show original
  • Very impressive
    show original
  • To visit.
    show original
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 2​h
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 30​m
Visit for 3​h
Visit for 3​h
Visit for 1​h