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“A magnificent example of early christian art.”

Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

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..

Thank David W
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

St. Ambrose is the patron of Milan, so a visit to Milan would not be complete without stopping at the Basilica di S. Ambrogio. I stopped in one afternoon and spent some time wandering through the church. You feel like you are walking through history in this building.

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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Impressive internally and externally with lots of exhibitions to view.

The grounds and buildings are well worth a visit with some spendid views.

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Reviewed February 15, 2013

One of Milan's most ancient churches, Basilica di S. Ambrogio was built by St Ambrose in the late 4th century, and restored & partially reconstructed several times over the centuries reaching its current state in the 12th century. The courtyard holds much of interest, most notably the Celtic decoration of columns, and carved bronze doors. The interior is dominated by a massive mosaic from the early 12th century, reminiscent of earlier mosaics found in Ravenna.

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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Make sure to explore this wonderful church. It holds a much more vibrant history and atmosphere than the rather 'empty' Duomo.

Thank Bronlin
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