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“A 4th century gem!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore

Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore
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Vintage Fiat 500 Tour in Milan
Ranked #39 of 759 things to do in Milan
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Charleston, South Carolina
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“A 4th century gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2013 via mobile

The Basilica di San Lorenzo should certainly be on your list of things to see. It features the largest dome in Milan but the real gem is the chapel of Saint Aquilinus. It has an octagonal dome which has been maintained in pristine condition. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the mosaics that used to cover the chapel. Very few remain, but they are a real treat.

Visited November 2013
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“historic church in a modern fun neighborhood”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

This was on the 2 hour walking tour of Historic Milan in our DK eyewitness Milan book, and it was one of the highlights. You just don't expect to see such an old church in such an unusual setting- freestanding Roman columns right outside and modern shops just a block away. Lots of beautiful art inside if you are dressed for seeing churches (cover elbows and knees). Nice park around it. Take a few minutes to sit in the courtyard and people watch. Read the history inside if you have time. Amazing that it's still standing.

Visited September 2013
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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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“San Lorenzo Maggiore”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

Situated in a quiet area within a colonnaded Roman courtyard is this wonderful church, very different to all the others we have visited. This one has an unusual round area under a huge dome with little windows in the top and when the sun shines through the beautiful ornate altar , just light up so it almost glows - very atmospheric. There is a fresco of The Last Supper, but not by Da Vinci, and mosaics. St Aquilino's Chapel is worth the 2 euros entrance fee. The church is located within a city park called Basilicas Park, which includes both the Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio, which is also worth a visit.

Visited June 2013
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London
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“A jewel of architecture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

Set in a wonderful square boarded by Roman columns, this gorgeous basilica shows the signs of its amazingly long history. One of the rare churches to have a circular plan, it shows a matroneum, nice frescoes and statues, but, most of all, an amazing mixture of architectural elements, telling more than 1000 years of history. Take a walk in the pleasant garden to see also the wonderful back side of the building.

Visited May 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Street view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

I escaped from my colleagues and found this church in the not so touristy area of Milan. The area has lots of charm, its worth making the trek from the Duomo Cathedral area.

Visited September 2012
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