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San Lorenzo Maggiore

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Address: Corso di Porta Ticinese 39, 20123 Milan, Italy
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+39 02 8940 4129
7:15 am - 6:45 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:15 am - 6:45 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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After the Duomo don't forget the Basilica

The first Basilica in Milan. When you arrive there you will be surprise because you will see the monument with the "Imperatore" surrendet by the "Colonne di San Lorenzo"

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The first Basilica in Milan. When you arrive there you will be surprise because you will see the monument with the "Imperatore" surrendet by the "Colonne di San Lorenzo"

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

This church is rather plain on the interior, but it's dome soars high above and the side chapels are beautiful.

Thank johncgore
Chiavari, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016 via mobile

This very old Church in my opinion is a must see that doesn't require much time, but it's definitely worth a visit, not only because it's quite peculiar and nice for its architecture or for the wonderful Roman columns outside , but above all for the Chapel that you can visit for only 2€ and in which there are the... More 

Thank federico l
West Midlands, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

This might be one of the oldest churches I have visited. Interesting architecturally & for a small fee you can get into Cappella di S. Aquilino with its mosaics & foundations made of Roman amphitheatre stones. Very quiet with few visitors.

Thank Jill B
Racine, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

The church is free and beautiful. The immediate area has great restaurants and shops and feels like you are experiencing a real Milanese local area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2016

With all the constant running about, I found San Lorenzo Maggiore to be a peaceful respite. Not one of the most ornate basilica, but still beautiful. Dating from the 4th century. Plus the 16 Corinthian Columns out front from the 3rd century. A history lovers find.

Thank JAATexas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016

This church is in the Porta Ticinese area but can be reached on foot or tram from the centre. I would not rate it as one of the more attractive Milan churches and the history in English is in such small print that it is virtually impossible to read in the restricted light. However, it does date from the 4th... More 

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Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2016

There are frescoes and mosaics from the fifth to seventh century. And the architecture is marvelously early Christian or late imperial, pre-Romanesque, not to say, of course, far pre-Gothic.

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Malaga, Spain
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2016

In front of the church there is a statue of the Emperor Constantine. The facade of the church seems to be Neoclassic. Inside the church the plan is circular, with the main altar at one side.

Thank BennyMalaga
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2016

We visited the site to see the old roman columns in front of the church. Great to have experienced the church and its history as well.

Thank Niel G

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The Navigli is part of historic Milan. In the ancient days, the entire city was linked with canals, similar to Venice. Today, most of the canals are gone, but the Navigli remains a canal-based neighborhood. There are two major canals: Naviglio Pavese and Naviglio Grande. The Naviglio Grande's bridges greet visitors at dusk with an amazing view. The Navigli district specializes in clubs, cafes, and vintage shops. Lifestyle reigns supreme here. You can start the walk from the Colonne di San Lorenzo, an antique colonnade in front of the Basilica di San Lorenzo. During the daytime, this place acts as a meeting point for artists and students reading books or chatting with friends; the nights turn it into a stepping-stone for club hoppers. Science lovers will also relish the opportunity to visit the Science and Technology National Museum Leonardo Da Vinci, showcasing inventions of the Italian genius.
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