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Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro

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Address: Via Speronari, 3 | Via Torino, 17-18, 20123 Milan, Italy
Phone Number: +39 02 874 683
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Description: 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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Funny how you can see the depth of the 'missing' fourth axis

When you come into the church, you can feel the depth behind the altar. You get closer and then you can still feel it - and it feels like you can see it. And then when you have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Randers, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

When you come into the church, you can feel the depth behind the altar. You get closer and then you can still feel it - and it feels like you can see it. And then when you have been up close, and can see with your own eyes, that it is 'only' a painting, you can not see the depth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This beautiful church does not look like much from the outside, but once you go in you are in for a treat. The main altar was designed by Bramante, one of the greatest architects of the Renaissance and he manages to create the illusion of a receding colonnade by a very studied positioning of the columns in relief, it also... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We incidentally pass by this church. From outside it looks very simple and not interesting. But inside it is different. It is worth to visit while you are in Duomo area.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

You should really pay attention to find this little Church, but it's so nice. In particular, the roof gives the idea of the care and the art that are embedded. A real little, hidden treasure

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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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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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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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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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