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San Lorenzo Maggiore

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Address: Corso di Porta Ticinese 39, 20123 Milan, Italy
Phone Number: 02 89404129
9:00 am - 7:00 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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 8, 2016
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4 of 5 stars 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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 stars 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.

Thank ronald k
Malaga, Spain
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3 of 5 stars 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
Stellenbosch, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Stop by this lovely old church if you stroll along the funky little Corso di Porta Ticinese. The interior is much simpler than many of the other local churches, but the basic carved gray stone is still beautiful. The painted ceilings are the showpiece though.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Good place to visit while you are in Milan and not as busy as some other churches there is also the possibility to some ruins here

Thank Martino B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

I took a day to follow the path set out by the map available at the Museo Archeologico, and this is definitely one of the highlights. First off, it's in a great district, near the Porta Ticinese (worth seeing on its own) and there's lots of shops, restaurants and street life. San Lorenzo has fallen on hard times, not so... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Just an average sight. The statue of Constantine in the Piazza is probably the most impressive thing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

The basic structure of this remarkable church is fourth century - a renaissance dome and some internal cladding were added later. Think the later additions away (and there is information to help you do this) and you have something more impressive than the great church in Ravenna, something reminiscent on a smaller scale of Santa Sophia in Istanbul (it's earlier... More 

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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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