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Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro

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Address: Via Torino 17-18, 20123 Milan, Italy
Phone Number: +39 02 874 683
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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Just south of the world-famous Duomo in Milan, this historic church was...

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.

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I don't want to give away the "twist in the end" but if you're visiting this church take a look at the altar from the entrance and then approach it slowly. You'll find yourself... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I don't want to give away the "twist in the end" but if you're visiting this church take a look at the altar from the entrance and then approach it slowly. You'll find yourself stunned as you get close to it! Also don't miss out on the wooden Deposition of Christ in the "saccellum" on the left

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is more an amazing illusion than anything else. Walk in and think oh this is a lovely church then the mystery unfolds. In Milan I suggest a good guide to lead you through all theses mysteries. Don't won't to spoil the excitement of discovering this wonderful little treasure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

My wife and I spend a day in Milan in the Navigli district and spent an hour in this church. Amazingly and worth the visit. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

A masterpice by bramante, the genious of italian architecture in the fifteenth century. False perspectives, balance, everything is there. A gem in Milan. Not to miss!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

small church tucked away several blocks from the milan cathedral, Bramante created a wonderful illusion that really is amazing, be sure to take advantage of the free touring italy volunteers on site.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

You do walk in and think ok ..nice altar area. You have to walk right up to the front to realise how shallow it actually is. Quite incredible.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Bramante's false apse drew us to this church. It was worth the visit just to see this feature. If you don't enjoy visiting these old churches in Italy, you're missing some terrific art and architecture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

When you enter the church look at the altair and the space around it. At first it seems a lot more spacious than it is, but when you come closer and look from the side you will see the optical illusion. Also take a look at the vertical stripes on the pillar - they are painted to mimic the shadows... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

A lovely little church, not the best in Milan. The 'optical illusion' isn't amazing. Spent about 5 minutes here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

This 9th Century masterpiece includes superb frescoes and an impressive trompe l'oeil effect that creates the illusion of significant space behind the altar. The overall effect is very satisfying. Only a few blocks from the Duomo.

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The pulsating core of Milan is in Centro. Duomo Square is enclosed by the gothic cathedral, the historic icon of Milan. However, shopping is what draws most crowds to this area. The classy and versatile Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with luxury boutiques and high quality restaurants will turn any shopping or lunch expedition into a royal experience. Head to the rooftop of the flagship La Rinascente to enjoy the view of the animated square with a panorama of the Duomo. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the street for high-end shopping. Brands of all kinds and street artists attract the attention of all visitors; while at Via Santa Radegonda 16, Luini Panzerotti is a much appreciated street food shop providing unimaginable culinary experiences. If shopping takes its toll on you, consider visiting Castello Sforzesco, a 15th century castle housing several museums. Those looking to relax can go to Parco Sempione, where nature provides respite from the energy of this dynamic and international city.
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