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Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro

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Address: Via Torino, 17-18, 20123 Milan, Italy
Phone Number: +39 02 874 683
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Just south of the world-famous Duomo in Milan, this historic church was...

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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Well I would not spoil it so I cannot say much, just make sure you won't go past this place without casting an attentive eye over it. Something unique lies in here behind the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Only two minute walk from duomo so worth a look when you're in that area, very beautiful interior and the optical illusion is cool. Worth five minutes for sure. Street it is on is annoyingly busy though so sharpen your elbows or practice your scuzes

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well I would not spoil it so I cannot say much, just make sure you won't go past this place without casting an attentive eye over it. Something unique lies in here behind the altar!

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Thank Carlo P
Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Do check out this hidden gem just a couple of minuets from Duomo! Its a small church, but with quite a unique field of depth around the alter piece.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

I only found this church thanks to the helpful guide from Touring Club Italiano. It's very close to the Duomo, and it's so small pretty easy to walk by. But if it's open- don't. Because the church was built with significant spacial constraints, it couldn't take the standard cruciform shape common to most churches of the time. Thus the apse... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Intersting perspective of the apse!....watch it from the ride side of the church then from the front ! I don` t think you need any explanantion. It is free although it is part of many tours in Milan and quite close to the dome on the main shopping street. A perfect place to relax after all the bustle around the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

A little jem in the heart of Milano, mostly unknown even to Milanese!! A paleocristian church remodelled many times, losing each time part of its original splendour. Now a very small church, which most valuable characteristic is a back altar in a troeump d'oeil style. It gives a great prospective and depth to a rather small interior. Worth a visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

A short walk and easy to find a well worth it trip to see the 3D effect in a lovely very old church. Free admission. Calm and relaxing.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

In a tiny piazzetta off the main street of Via Torino stands this church which boasts a trompe l'oeil choir painted by Bramante. Perfect, fabulous example of High renaissance achievement.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

I never would have found this place if not for our tour guide. He explained the trompe l'oeil affect of the altar area. Worth checking out.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

We had so high expectations for the famous perspective tricks that we could not but be dissapointed by the reality. The church is small, badly lighted and tends to be overcrowded by tourists which difficults the enjoyement of the paintings. And the paintings themselves? Not really all that good. The trampantojo at Pavia for example is, in my opinion, a... More 

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The pulsating core of Milan is in Centro. Duomo Square is enclosed by the gothic cathedral, the historic icon of Milan. However, shopping is what draws most crowds to this area. The classy and versatile Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with luxury boutiques and high quality restaurants will turn any shopping or lunch expedition into a royal experience. Head to the rooftop of the flagship La Rinascente to enjoy the view of the animated square with a panorama of the Duomo. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the street for high-end shopping. Brands of all kinds and street artists attract the attention of all visitors; while at Via Santa Radegonda 16, Luini Panzerotti is a much appreciated street food shop providing unimaginable culinary experiences. If shopping takes its toll on you, consider visiting Castello Sforzesco, a 15th century castle housing several museums. Those looking to relax can go to Parco Sempione, where nature provides respite from the energy of this dynamic and international city.
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