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Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro

Via Speronari, 3 | Via Torino, 17-18, 20123 Milan, Italy
+39 02 874 683
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Ranked #5 of 372 Attractions in Milan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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...
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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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New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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38 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
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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38 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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30 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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Rome, 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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Suffolk, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The trompe l'oeil is amazing and works from whichever angle. We spent a week in Milan and thought this the single most impressive bit of architecture.

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

Close to Duomo square, it's one of the hidden jewels in Milan. The church is not particularly significant itself, but apse behind the altar is spectacular. One of the most incredible things I have ever seen. Bramante was a genius and he demonstrated it in this church. Super cool!

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