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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 #7 of 400 attractions in Milan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
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... more » 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. « less
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Laval, Canada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

A nice Italian lady told me about her favorite places in Milan and this was second on her list (after San Maurizio). The exterior is not very impressive, but the inside is very interesting, especially considering that it's not that big a church. It has a nice ceiling, beautiful frescoes and lovely architectural details.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

A lovely surprise to find such a treasure so close to the impossing Duomo. Kudos to the architect Bramante for the trompe l'oeil. Great

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Dingle, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The must see site of Milan. This is a community church beatifully decorated over the eons by the congregation rather than an ego trip by a rich benefactor. Marvellous.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This is a nice little church, however, it seems to be a bit overrated on TA. It takes all of 5-10 minutes to look at. Again it's a nice little church, but I didn't think it was exceptional. FYI - Milan churches are strict with dress the dress code (i.e., shoulders and knees must be covered).

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NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This is an interesting attrraction, but certainly not in the same league as the Duomo or the Last Supper. It is a bit hard to find, even with directions, but persevere. The church is small ,and the main thing to see is the impression of depth which is an illusion behind the altar where there was not enough space for... More

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This church is definitely worthy a visit, even if is a bit hidden along the crowed Turin street. The interior is nicely decorated with an impressive optical effect on the altar.

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Cambria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Beautiful frescoes, tile floors, explanations in English. Lots of the church history explained, re artists and timelines. A treat to visit.

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Hertfordshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We only spent five minutes here before we were chucked out during a service, great little place with many good frescoes

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italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

A really small Church with a precious jewel of the Renaissance. As there was not ehough room to build an apse, Bramante decided to paint it. The perspective is so ouststanding that at fisrt glance you can't even perceive the trick.

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Did you know that Milan's Preromanesque churches are more ancient that those of Rome? That's because Milan was the capital of a section of the Western Roman empire in the Upper Middle Ages when early Christianity arose. This is one of those churches.

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