Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro

Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, Milan

Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro

Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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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Neighborhood: Centro Storico
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.
How to get there
  • Duomo • 2 min walk
  • Cordusio • 4 min walk
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aswartzl
Marietta, GA116 contributions
Finding the entrace was a little tricky as it's tucked into a small courtyard accessed by Via Torino. We couldn't get as close of a look as I'd have liked because there was a wedding in progress. It is a lovely small church and worth a visit.
Written July 11, 2022
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gnirts
Milan, Italy1 contribution
A pretty, little church quite near the main church. Don't miss it because of its trompe l'oeuil by Donato Bramante (a renowned italian artist as Raffaello, or Leonardo da Vinci, or Michelangelo). When you go inside it seems to be a normal, medium church, but go stright on till the altar and notice the apse part...
Written July 22, 2009
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SydneyPaul
Sydney, Australia224 contributions
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Often overlooked, Santa Maria presso San Satiro is worth the visit if only to see one of the masterpieces of illusory baroque art. The apse space was too small to do anything with, so the church commissioned Bramante to create an apse. The effect is dramatic. Standing at the back of the nave you "see" a full and deep apse. Go stand on either the north or south side of the altar and you'll see a depression of less than two metres! Don't miss the calvary scene to the left as you look towards the altar, and don't forget to read the explanatory notes next to the entrance of the chapel. And then stop for a moment of prayer or reflection and give thanks for the artistic genius of so many talented people.
Written December 8, 2013
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claudioborghi
Como, Italy933 contributions
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First: as I am writing this review, Santa Maria presso San Satiro ranks third for attractions in Milan. Well: it is not. It is absolutely worth a visit bit it's not the third attraction of Milan. It's a small church very close to Duomo (shoulder to duomo facade, enter via torino, the church is a few meters on the left) hosting a fake apse by Bramante (or Amadeo?). It looks like a big and deep architecture, but as you come closer you'll see that the wall is almost flat and the real space is very narrow. Also worth seeing are the terracotta statues of De Fondutis in san satiro.
Written March 28, 2012
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Arietta183
Athens, Greece642 contributions
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Very close to Duomo but very much different to it, you’ll find this beautiful church dedicated to Satyrus, brother of St Ambrosius which is Milan’s patron saint. Located just off Via Torino, one of the busiest commercial streets, it’s easy to pass it by. That would be a big mistake as the church with the Renaissance facade houses one of the first and most impressive illusionistic works of art. Bramante, the leading Renaissance architect, solved the problem of lack of space behind the altar with a brilliant trompe l’ oeil: his “architectural painting” makes the altar’s depth look like 9,7m when in fact it’s only 0,97m! Therefore, the interior as seen from the entrance obtains a whole new perspective, the building’s true dimensions are only realized when you approach really close to the altar sides. In order to have a complete view of the church’s structure, make sure you go all the way around it and stand on Via Falcone to notice both the lack of space problem and also the Romanesque bell tower.
Written April 24, 2019
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Marcella B
Sydney, Australia11 contributions
Seriously, Italy has so many gems.. the problem is that It neglects them immensely. The XV Century San Satiro church is such a beauty stuck behind some fancy shops.
The highlight is definitely the marvellous Bramante's painted perspective: the gorgeous golden painting of the apse rapresents the first trompe l'oil in history of art. Chapeau.
Written January 5, 2015
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gatta_a_pois
Milano15 contributions
Solo
Fascinating apse with false depth rendered by Bramante through perspective, interesting terracotta busts, also by Bramante, in the classicizing baptistry. Don't forget to go into the little Carolingian period chapel at the left end of what is now the transept (but used to be the nave). To really appreciate the optical illusion of the apse, after seeing it from the inside, go around to the back, via Falcone I think it's called, and see just how shallow it is from the outside. Whenever going into an Italian church for the art and architecture, even if you're not Catholic, look for the "restauro" (restoration) box, and be generous. You're visiting it as if it were a museum, and they have lighting and cleaning bills.
Written July 3, 2012
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Kingsley Flint
Cossonay, Switzerland185 contributions
Very historic old church with lovely decorations and an ingenious tremp l’oeuil absid. Also an ancient inner temple
Written September 25, 2020
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Zana
Belgrade, Serbia10 contributions
Surprising artwork at the ceiling, faking the lacking fourth arm of the cross in the base of the church.
Written June 2, 2020
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Jarko2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,748 contributions
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Not too far from the Cathedral, this much smaller church has a very interesting interior, with a false perspective that's worth checking out. Free to visit.
Written April 15, 2018
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