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“historic church in a modern fun neighborhood” 4 of 5 stars
Review of San Lorenzo Maggiore

San Lorenzo Maggiore
Corso di Porta Ticinese 39, Milan, Italy (Centro Storico)
02 89404129
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Ranked #49 of 372 Attractions in Milan
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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“historic church in a modern fun neighborhood”
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 for seeing churches (cover elbows and knees). Nice park around it. Take a few minutes to sit in the courtyard and people watch. Read the history inside if you have time. Amazing that it's still standing.

Visited September 2013
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“San Lorenzo Maggiore”
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 atmospheric. There is a fresco of The Last Supper, but not by Da Vinci, and mosaics. St Aquilino's Chapel is worth the 2 euros entrance fee. The church is located within a city park called Basilicas Park, which includes both the Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio, which is also worth a visit.

Visited June 2013
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“A jewel of architecture”
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 pleasant garden to see also the wonderful back side of the building.

Visited May 2013
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“Street view”
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.

Visited September 2012
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“Go for the street rather than the Church!”
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 Constantine, is beautiful at any time of the year. There is also a lovely park at the back where you can walk past the bell tower and see some of the original brickwork of the church - it is believed that most of the bricks used to build the church came from the site of a Roman ruin. Also there are plenty of fabulous cafes to keep you occupied when you've had enough church gazing, as well as a Grom gelateria right on the corner of Via degli Amici where you can gaze up at one of only two surviving Medieval gates to the city.

Visited June 2012
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