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Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro

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Address: Via Torino, 17-18, 20123 Milan, Italy
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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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The fantastic 'illusion'.

Make sure you stop as you enter the church and look towards the back of the room. Behind the alter looks much further than what it actually is. Due to lack of space when building... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Make sure you stop as you enter the church and look towards the back of the room. Behind the alter looks much further than what it actually is. Due to lack of space when building the church, they created an optical illusion where the actual depth is only about 90cm which can be seen up close. This technique is common... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

My husband and I booked a last minute trip to Milan and hadn't booked. We decided to take our chances and got there earlyish (9am) and managed to get tickets for that afternoon. Really enjoyed a chance to see such a famous piece of art, very glad we did it. Very impressed also with Milan's transport system €4.50 for 24... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Mainly for people interested in architecture and church art. It is a stone through from the cathedral. There is an optical illusion created by Bramante (we visited in the afternoon, it was not very strong, but still interesting). You will definitely need proper attire, since there is a very strict guard inside. The entrance is actually from a busy shopping... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Just a few steps from Milan's famous and OTT (over the top) Duomo, San Satiro is a small, elegant church packed with architectural treasures. Renaissance artist, Bramante, applies the rules of perspective to create an illusion that expands the church. The art of tromp l'oeil is everywhere! Don't miss the baptistry where a volunteer will give a knowledgeable and enthusiastic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Whoever says that Milan is not worth a visit, probably has never been there! There is so much to see and there are many hidden jewels like this one: I would have never discovered the uniqueness of this little church without the help of a local tour guide, Andrea Ogunbisi. The main altar area is a jewel, the little baptismal... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

In the late 1400s the church needed expanding but the road behind prevented a proper chancel so the architect Bramante, an expert in perspective, faked it, putting a 10-meter room into a 1-meter illusion. Fantastic!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We visited here as part of a tour - but i believe you can pop in for free. Well worth a visit - fascinating design. A milan must do!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We did this as part of a walking tour through Viator. This is made more amazing due to 'the last supper'. We were able to spend about 15 minutes in that area and the history is quite intriquing. A small souvenir shop at the end of the tour and also copies of the last supper where you can take some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

The divertissment of Bramante, just pop in and get amazed about the trick he's created. This is a hinded place in between a couple of anonimous store in the cheap shopping street near Duomo. You'll never imagine to find it there...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

At Milan center just few minutes from the Duomo are few churches you should visit. Of course you need to visit the Duomo, but just once. Enjoy the beautiful of those special places.

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