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Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro

Via Torino 17-18, 20123 Milan, Italy
+39 02 874683
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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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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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“trompe l'oeil” (22 reviews)
“small church” (19 reviews)
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Via Torino 17-18, 20123 Milan, Italy
Centro Storico
+39 02 874683
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

The church is located not far from Duomo square, if you turn your back to the Cathedral and follow via Torrino. The church looks ordinary from the outside - but do come inside! It seems that the church is huge, but it's only an illusion....More

2  Thank Maria M
Reviewed August 7, 2012

Church was closed but photographed its chancel and tower. Scale is small compared with Milanese architecture, which is welcomed.

Thank CjDIreland
Reviewed July 23, 2012

Impressive arts, not busy, no need to pay and a very friendly staff ready to help. A good choice to get rid of the buzz from downtown and noisy Duomo's area.

1  Thank fveit
Reviewed July 3, 2012

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...More

4  Thank gatta_a_pois
Reviewed June 11, 2012

What really strikes me about this is that it is located right in the middle of a shopping zone. One could really miss it. What's really cool is how the light comes in from the side through a window, giving a nice effect. Would have...More

Thank EddieTanJianLeung
Reviewed June 7, 2012

This unassuming little church packs a giant punch once you actually get inside! Although the original church is virtually ancient it's the Renaissance construction by Bramante that is the true drawcard, because when there wasn't enough physical space to build the classic Greek cross design...More

3  Thank Andrea A
Reviewed May 16, 2012

This little church is unfortunately very often closed. This is indeed a shame since it is really worth it to enter and see how well the trompe l'oeil, behind the altar, works. What I however love most is at the back of the church. It's...More

Thank JRNParis
Reviewed March 28, 2012

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...More

5  Thank claudioborghi
Reviewed March 4, 2012

Apart is the word. Apart from being very special for my own personal life, it is set apart from the street, like a haven in the bustling tourist and business traffic near Duomo. Small and quiet, you will find both business persons and senior residents...More

3  Thank GianlucaMarcellino
Reviewed February 16, 2012

Bramante's altar fake perspective and Mazzoni's statues must not be missed. A gem in the center of the food & pop-shopping district.

1  Thank Hedin
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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
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April 23, 2017|
Response from Tania C | Reviewed this property |
Hi Gail, in this Church the mess is celebrared in Sundays sta 11.00 am