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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
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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The building is not the typical cross design for a church. The back wall where the altar is has little depth. It is almost flat. But due to the painting on the walls, it appears... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The building is not the typical cross design for a church. The back wall where the altar is has little depth. It is almost flat. But due to the painting on the walls, it appears to be deeper than it is. Interesting!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Our " Rick Steves approved" guide Sara took us here, to show us how smart those Renaissance architects were. Back then , the church was built on a site where the footage was so shallow that they had to be innovative, by utilizing a then new concept of " perspective" to create the illusion of space. It has to be... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Hard to find the entrance, and then it was closed (on our last day in Milan, of course). We saw two other couples turn away disappointed just in the few minutes we were there.

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Darmstadt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This church was built in a courtyard between resident houses. This made it challenging to fit a church inside. I won't give away the trick that was used when building the church, but it's definitely worth a visit!

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Giessen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The Church of Santa Maria presso San Satiro is easy to miss: it is very close tot he Duomo, and set just off the street. It is definitely worth a visit, as there is an extraordinary optical illusion inside, regarding the choir, which is painted to give an apparent depth of many metres, while it is truly just 90 cm... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This church is easy to miss but don't! It is close to the Duomo, so stopping in is quite easy. It is amazing to discover the secret of the structure; we had to take photos from many different distances to capture the changing perceptions. Very impressive.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

The apse is amazing. You walk in, you see the perspective; it's impressive. Then get up close and you realize that it's almost flat. Well worth seeing, especially if you're nearby.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This site is well worth a visit. It is a hidden gem, usually not visited by a horde of tourists. The artwork in this attraction is outstanding.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

My favorite church in Milan, hidden at the beginning of Via Torino, Bramante trompe-l’œil is really amazing, you can't stop looking at it from all sides, trying to understand its magic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Hidden among the hustle and bustle of Milano lies this amazing church, a gem worth a trip to Milano. The absid is Bramante's masterpiece of perspective.Remarkable also the baptistery and the group of renaissance sculptures of De Fundulis.

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Address: Address: Via Torino, 17-18, 20123 Milan, Italy
Phone Number: +39 02 874 683
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lombardy  >  Milan

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