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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
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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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Amazing use of optical illusions

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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zagreb
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Milan, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the facade is misleading inside is one of the most unbelievable reneissance building, not only in milan, but in italy designed by the great architect and painter donato bramante, it has an incredible trompe l'oeil apse

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is really close to the duomo, so you will be there anyway. It is tucked away between two streets. Free entry and it would not be so noteworthy if it were not for the "surprise" in the decoration. I knew about it before entering, but my wife didn't and it took a bit of walking around to figure it... More 

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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

An unassuming little church near the Duomo. But once inside the illusion of the long sanctuary is seen. Look well from the back of the church then from the front sides to get the best understanding of this church structure. Free entry and no flash photography.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Our tour guide suggested visiting this hidden gem. It's a bit tricky to find because it's tucked away. I don't want to give away the surprise, so you'll have to see it for yourself!

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Brasilia, DF
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Second oldest church of the city and few people visit even though is made by one of the most famous architects of Italy (Bramante). The visit is quick but the optical illusion is one of the best I've seen in my life, specially when you consider it was made many centuries ago. Definitely a Milan Must See.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

This tiny church is easily missed. Don't! It is beautiful inside and inspiring. Wonderful frescos artwork and an ancient tower. Worth the little side trip.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

The incredible of this church is the abside which has been realized with the technique of the trompe l'oeil: in fact when you are in front of the abside it seems it is a normal one but when you approach then you see that they created this view in only about 40cm thickness; really impressive.

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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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