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San Lorenzo Maggiore

Corso di Porta Ticinese 39, Milan, Italy (Centro Storico)
02 89404129
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Ranked #39 of 409 Attractions in Milan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This 4th c church is one of the oldest round churches in western Christendom, built on a Roman Amphitheatre. Don't miss the upsidedown decorated column...it is part of one of the huge pillars to the right of the altar and celebrates the victory of Christianity over paganism. You pay 2 euros to visit the side chapel with its mosaics and... More

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We were travelling by bus and suddenly have seen this church. Jumped out - and this was a superb decision. This is a unique church, full of architectural wonders and with a really great history. Absolutely 'a must' for everybody interested in architecture.

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Gdynia, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This one of the oldest churches in Milan is situated near the pleasant municipal park and another old place of worship, Basilica of Saint Eustorgio. It was built from marbles taken from former Roman buildings just outside the Roman walls. In front of the basilica there are 16 ancient columns which remind of the ancient origin of the city. From... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This church is very old and went through many events (fires, demolitions, restorations, etc..). You'll notice the changes when you compare the styles. It is one of the few churches with a circular shape and with a central cupola. The highlight of this place is the side chapel which has some paleochristian mosaics of the 4th century, a sarcophagus, an... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I was recommended this area by one of my coworkers who lives in Milan. Its a favorite spot for the locals to socialize in the evening. Enjoy some Gelato and sit by and people watch. Great spot that many travelers dont know about. I love this area.

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Milton, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This place is worth a visit on a number of levels. The church itself is interesting with an impressive domed nave. The small square in front is a meeting place of locals. We saw everything from school kids, to couples holding hands, to tourists watching it all, to bikers, to a bunch of leathered punkers sharing some beers. Right next... More

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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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