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Reviewed 1 week ago

St. Ambrose, one of the most important early Fathers of the Church, is said to have become bishop of Milan here even before his baptism. He wrote extensively against heresies denying the divinity of Christ, and others, and had severe disagreements with the heretical imperial powers. His relics are viewable below the altar, and, on special holy days, it is possible to enter into the crypt directly. The building is a beautiful ancient wonder.

Thank Luigi L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the oldest churches in Milan named after the patron saint of the city; St. Ambrose. It's a quite exceptional church since the entrance is surrounded by a beautiful atrium with magnificent porticoes. Also the interior is very nice, packed with a lot of art and valuable items.

Thank dennys667
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We discovered this church almost by accident and found a wealth of history dating back to origins of over 1600 years ago. The existing brick Romanesque building dates to 11th/12th Centuries with numerous pieces of detail of significant interest.
Little of the early church remain mainly round the apse and Chapel of San Vittore and its mosaic but the crypt holds the relics of Sant' Ambroggio and 2 other saints.
An atrium forecourt leads to a two-storey loggia façade and inside to a basilica with a central nave, two side aisles and an apse below a lanterned cupola.
A ciborium sits over a golden altar with reliefs of Christ and St Ambrose.
An ambo pulpit, with an eagle and seated man decorations, stands over a 4th century sarcophagus referred to as the tomb of Stilicho, a Roman general, with religious reliefs on each face.
Interesting artwork in various chapels including The Risen Christ and Madonna and Child with an infant St John the Baptist; and also in the atrium porticos decorated columns and capitals and the Sarcophagus of Pietro Candido Decembrio.
There are two towers, one for each order, the taller being the Canon's Tower and the shorter, plainer one on the south side being the Monks' Tower. The courtyard of the Canons on the north side of the basilica includes the small 11th Century church of San Sigismondo.

An worthwhile diversion for those with a passing interest in architecture and religious history.
There are toilets available - but 'à la Turque' - haven't seen that for quite a while.

1  Thank stanmansurrey
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very old and quite an impressive place. It is worth to visit this place, I recommend. Some very old things are there.

Thank Lithuanian-guest
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tube nearby but I don't think it has anything to offer. There is a nearby monument with eternal flame to the ward dead of Milan. Also near the Catholic university

Thank Denise P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

“Consecrated in 387 & rebuilt in 11th century” , this medieval masterpiece still stands for everyone’s admiration. It is simply a big church with a lot of architecture to admire, if that interests you.

As well, there is religious significance to this church, because it’s religious contents including in the crypt, the remaining of Saint Ambrose.

All in all, our visit was quite interesting & we would recommend to those who are interested in architecture or spirituality.

Thank The_Rock_50
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Reviewed October 7, 2018

I've visited a lot of churches in Italy. I like this one for the history, multiple layers of it over 1,000 years.

Thank Cameron S
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Reviewed October 6, 2018

The roots of this basilica go back to the 4th century, but most of what you see is Romanesque. As a consequence it is sober and relatively plain. There is, however, a mosaic in the apse which adds brilliant colours to the building. It is a pleasant contrast to the duomo, and is important for its historical associations. It won't be your top priority in Milan, but if you have time, it is well worth a visit. We went after breakfast on the metro, then walked to the Last Supper. Note that it is closed over lunch.

Thank retired698
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Reviewed September 26, 2018

This is a very large church but is very plain inside except for it's alter. However, the spectacular outer courtyard is worth seeing with it's ancient pillars and brickwork with nice views of the towers. Unfortunately the crypt is currently closed for restoration work.

Thank jordanellie41
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Reviewed September 25, 2018

This was very easy to find from the subway as there's a station named after it. The building was well preserved with good information about the towers. This is a very old building that has tested the hands of time and has won. It's worth the effort to go and see it.

Thank mmcgrattan52
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