A testimony of sixteen centuries of history, Sant'Ambrogio is the principal Milanese basilica dedicated to the patron of the city. Built in 379 by Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, in order to deposit the bodies of both martyrs Gervais and Protais, it is considered one of the most famous examples of Lombard Romanesque art. The basilica has been destroyed and rebuilt many times, especially in the th century, particularly as a result of the bombings of the Second World War.
A magnificent atrium with finely sculpted capitals precedes the body of the building; on the façade, a th-century bronze portal still displays some beautiful th century displays.
The interior houses a unique copy of ambon (chair for the reading of sacred texts) dating back to the th century, decorated with two rare sculptures made of gilded copper, an eagle (symbol of Saint John) and an angel (symbol of St Matthew), which makes the structure unique. Ambon is built on a th century sarcophagus of the Christian era, with walls entirely decorated with bas-reliefs. The golden altar of gold and precious stones, carved by Vuolvinius (th century), is an extraordinary testimonial of goldsmith in the Middle Ages. Above is a four-poster ciborium, supported by four ancient columns of red porphyry. Outstanding testimony of a previous Burgundian building, the San Vittore in Ciel d'Oro chapel stands at the bottom of the nave on the right. It was commissioned by Bishop Marterne at the beginning of the Fifth Century to collect the remains of the martyr Vittore. Included in the Basilica in the th century, it retains a mosaic decor of very beautiful invoices; The portrait of San Vittore is in the centre of the dome, surrounded by a wreath of ears and flowers, while on the walls are represented several effigies of saints and bishops, including Ambroise.
The crypt preserves the remains of the three saints, Ambrose, Gervais and Protais, under a glass glass display in the th century. There is also a small museum of the Treasury where you can admire a beautiful set of liturgical pieces from the basilica. At the bottom of the nave, left, an exit gives access to the harmonious Portique portique and the small Romanesque chapel of San Sigismondo.
Curiosity, on the church square, towards the left, is a strange white marble column made of two small holes, called the "devil's column". It is said that the devil, desperate not to have succeeded in bringing Saint Ambrose into sin, would have given a horn shot in the column…
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