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San Lorenzo Maggiore

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Address: Corso di Porta Ticinese 39, Milan, Italy
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Ancient basilica

Go inside and have a look in this old and large church rebuilt several times. It is an imperial basilica built in the 4th century, to confirm the role of Milan as the imperial... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
Parma, Italy

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Parma, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Go inside and have a look in this old and large church rebuilt several times. It is an imperial basilica built in the 4th century, to confirm the role of Milan as the imperial capital of the West, in rivalry with Rome and Constantinople.The internal decorations were destroyed by fire and earthquake but you can see some of them, such... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We were recommended to go here by our hotel and it is definitely worth it if you're in Milan. It is beautiful like many Italian churches with lovely painted frescoes. However one painting stood out...a take on the Last Supper. I didn't get chance to find out who or why but having seen the real thing the day before it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The artwork inside the church is wondrous. The baptistry has aged frescoes that have worn away from age.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Words cannot explain the beauty that will overcome you. You cannot visit (or live for that matter) in this city without stopping here. From the grounds and building exterior, to the intricate design and labor that went in to this basilica, it is absolutely breathtaking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Worth a visit, internally the shape is a bit different, sort of square, imposing and richly decorated. Outside, the columns draw a square very lively, always full of young people (actually perhaps to avoid late night, when typical big city late night "markets" take place). Nearby, some good graffiti worth a look.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The San Lorenzo Maggiore church is situated near the remains of the medieval gate of " Porta (gate) Ticinese" , within the oldest part of Milan . The church dates back to the IV/V century, and was built over the ruins of the Roman amphitheatre. Right in front of the church one can admire the Roman columns . This church... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

You need to come here When it's sunny. Italian couples are smooching on the side, the sence of fresh coffee/cappuccino is in the air. The sun shines on your face, order an icecream and enjoy it while walking through the pilars!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

A little away from the centre of the city I stumbled on this church on the way to the fleamarket on the Naviglio Grande. Inside there's a lot of information on the history from the 4th century onwards, the various developments of the church including the collapse of the dome and its rebuilding. As well as the remarkable column, there... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This church seems to be in middle of nothing. After walking around suddenly we met this church. From outside it seems interesting but inside there is nothing really impressive there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We first caught sight of this magnificent church when we happened to walk by during our first evening, and were so struck with its beauty, presence, and apparent great age that we decided to visit it the next day. A good decision! This church dates back from at least the late 4th or very early 5th centuries, which makes it... More 

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The Navigli is part of historic Milan. In the ancient days, the entire city was linked with canals, similar to Venice. Today, most of the canals are gone, but the Navigli remains a canal-based neighborhood. There are two major canals: Naviglio Pavese and Naviglio Grande. The Naviglio Grande's bridges greet visitors at dusk with an amazing view. The Navigli district specializes in clubs, cafes, and vintage shops. Lifestyle reigns supreme here. You can start the walk from the Colonne di San Lorenzo, an antique colonnade in front of the Basilica di San Lorenzo. During the daytime, this place acts as a meeting point for artists and students reading books or chatting with friends; the nights turn it into a stepping-stone for club hoppers. Science lovers will also relish the opportunity to visit the Science and Technology National Museum Leonardo Da Vinci, showcasing inventions of the Italian genius.
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