Having recently read some of "Ken Follets" books..Pillars of the earth, World without end etc..I now view old religious architecture we fresh eyes and almost disbelief at what was achieved, through mans vision and dedication, and the incredible skill's of early artisans. The Basilica di S. Ambrogio is just an amazing experience.
Built around 385, and later to become his place of rest, being buried in 397.
The surviving foundations and restorations are truely revealing. This is not a ruin, but a living breathing testiment throughout the centuries, with more recent Romanesque additions, displaying magnificent mosaics..A gold alter circa 835 is covered in finely worked gold leaf and it appearance is breathtaking. The crypt of St Ambrogio, has his preserved skeleton on display dressed in all the Bishops finery,I thought having read of this that the reality would be quite distasteful, but his presence is quite befitting. A really interesting visit that I think will captivate all, not just some elite group of scholars..
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