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Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro

Address: Via Speronari, 3 | Via Torino, 17-18, 20123 Milan, Italy
Phone Number: +39 02 874 683
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: Just south of the world-famous Duomo in Milan, this historic church...
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Just south of the world-famous Duomo in Milan, this historic church was built in the 9th century. More commonly known as “San Satiro,” it houses Byzantine frescoes and other works of art.
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We accidentally wandered into this church while looking for another, but were not disappointed! It is a stunning trompe l'oeil and a great place to stop in for a bit to see some history and escape the crowds. We ended up spending almost an hour here just looking at the altar from all different angles. Brilliant!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Seriously, Italy has so many gems.. the problem is that It neglects them immensely. The XV Century San Satiro church is such a beauty stuck behind some fancy shops. The highlight is definitely the marvellous Bramante's painted perspective: the gorgeous golden painting of the apse rapresents the first trompe l'oil in history of art. Chapeau.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This small church is barely two blocks from the Duomo and is one of the "must see" places in Milan -- especially if you are an art history buff. The architectural trompe l'oeil behind the altar is a wonder and masterpiece. Not only is so much depth conveyed in space less than one meter, but more amazingly, it looks authentic... More 

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Ashburn, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This church was very impressive and beautiful. The illusion is also fascinating. It is definitely worth stopping by and taking a look! There was also some staff there when we visited who were helpful. The woman who talked to us did not speak English, but she spoke French and we managed to communicate a bit with my broken French. She... More 

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

When friends come to visit Milano for the first time, we always show them (or suggest them to see) 5 places: the Duomo of course, then Castello Sforzesco and the churches of San Maurizio, San Satiro and Sant'Ambrogio. We should add the Cenacolo (Last Supper painting) from Leonardo, but it's very difficult to manage to see it, due to its... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

What a little jewel. Hidden off the main street it opens like a jewel. If you're reading this you already know about the deceptive tromp l'oeil, but - like all illusions - you know you have to see it. A detour is worth it. The church entrance is 6 minutes from the main entrance to the Duomo so no reason... More 

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Malton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This church is in Via Torino. Take care because it is not easily visible because in front of it there is a flower vendor. Not a wow factor church.

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The challenge with Milan is that after seeing the Duomo every church you have seen before or after that gets overshadowed by the Duomo! But having said that this church is impressive especially when it looks so simple and small from outside. The frescoes and chapels inside are brilliant! The entry and pictures are completely free!!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We went back to this church every day we were in Milan. Seeing is almost believing! We still cannot figure out how Bramante figured out the dimensions. This is a must see.

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Awesome church. Breathtaking frescos and even more brearhtaking the choir (basically another outstanding church) hidden behind the altar

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