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San Lorenzo Maggiore

Corso di Porta Ticinese 39, Milan, Italy (Centro Storico)
02 89404129
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Ranked #38 of 364 attractions in Milan
Type: Religious Sites
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

San Lorenzo is yet another of Milan's historical sites that I had never heard of before arriving in the city. One of the guidebooks gave a pretty detailed description of the building and I had some time to kill, so I decided to pay a visit. It was a very good decision. The church was something else. A row of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013 via mobile

There are many reasons for which you might be in Milan, however San Lorenzo Maggiore and Le Colonne are a place you should not miss for any reason. Sunny or rainy day, summer or winter, going to Le Colonne is always worthwhile. As a tourist, you go along via Torino, shop as much as you wish and suddenly, just at... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013 via mobile

The Basilica di San Lorenzo should certainly be on your list of things to see. It features the largest dome in Milan but the real gem is the chapel of Saint Aquilinus. It has an octagonal dome which has been maintained in pristine condition. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the mosaics that used to cover the chapel. Very... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

This was on the 2 hour walking tour of Historic Milan in our DK eyewitness Milan book, and it was one of the highlights. You just don't expect to see such an old church in such an unusual setting- freestanding Roman columns right outside and modern shops just a block away. Lots of beautiful art inside if you are dressed... More

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Situated in a quiet area within a colonnaded Roman courtyard is this wonderful church, very different to all the others we have visited. This one has an unusual round area under a huge dome with little windows in the top and when the sun shines through the beautiful ornate altar , just light up so it almost glows - very... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Set in a wonderful square boarded by Roman columns, this gorgeous basilica shows the signs of its amazingly long history. One of the rare churches to have a circular plan, it shows a matroneum, nice frescoes and statues, but, most of all, an amazing mixture of architectural elements, telling more than 1000 years of history. Take a walk in the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I escaped from my colleagues and found this church in the not so touristy area of Milan. The area has lots of charm, its worth making the trek from the Duomo Cathedral area.

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

This church is fairly plain inside, which can be a bit of a let down after you read about it's history. What makes it worth the trip is it's surroundings. A walk along Corso Porta Ticinese is fabulous, and the piazza in front of the church with it's Roman columns (relocated from another site) and the bronze statue of Emperor... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

Grandiose basilica built when Milan was capital of the Western Roman Empire. Impressive and quiet.

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Perth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

This is probably one of the oldest churches in Milan, dating back to before 400 AD / CE. The cupola is over 1600 years old and the mosaic were rediscovered when the affresco were being restored. Unfortunately not many of the original affrescos have survived but to know that this church has been here thoughout Milan's rich history is amazing... More

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