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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
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

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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Small but beautiful, fascinating history behind this church, well preserved and a lovely place to visit.

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Millersport, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Small but beautiful, fascinating history behind this church, well preserved and a lovely place to visit.

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Mansfield, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The church interior is beautifully decorated. The ceiling paintings are particularly impressive. This church is along the way if one walks from the Duomo are to the Last Supper by Leonardo DiVinci.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Almost unfindable. Tiny and hidden. This church is tricky inside, looks like large and long by the end it was just an illusion effect. Must go here if you are around the cathedral of Duomo. A minute walk, from the square. Next to the shop Foot Locker in Via Torino.

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Statesville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This small church is located down a little alley on Via Torino. It is famous for its neat spacial perspective of the altar, however there are several other impressive works of art to see. Well worth a short visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A short walk away from the Duomo Square, the Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro is a hidden gem - looks very non-descript from the street. Beautifully decorated, with a "special" decoration as others have alluded to here, it was a great visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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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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