BASILICA SANT'AMBROGIO (BASILICA SAINT AMBROGIO)

+39 02 86 45 08 95
+39 02 86 45 08 95
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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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BASILICA SANT'AMBROGIO (BASILICA SAINT AMBROGIO)

Piazza San Ambrogio, 15
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General note: 4.8/5
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Visited in september 2019
A faire !
Cet édifice est surprenant !!
L'atrium est reposant, et la basilique est imposante. Le calme aide à la relaxation.
La visite est intéressante, il ne faut pas sous estimer cet édifice finalement peu visité
Notice filed on 06/01/2020 
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Visited in september 2018
vraiment impressionnante
En recherchant les ombres, nous atteignons la basilique Saint-Ambroise de Milan, un passage obligé à Milan et que la plupart des gens ignorent. Les vestiges du patron de Milan y sont conservés et la construction, basée sur des vestiges, est vraiment impressionnante dans ses détails plus que dans son intégralité. L'entrée est gratuite et n'est pas remplie de touristes qui préfèrent le Duomo.
Notice filed on 05/24/2019 
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Visited in november 2018
Belle basilique romane, l'une des plus belles églises de la ville. Elle surprend par son atrium ouvert avant d'atteindre le portique d'entrée, ainsi que par ses deux tours d'origine. L'intérieur est clair et bien préservé pour une église de cette époque.
Notice filed on 11/25/2018 
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Visited in may 2017
Superbe basilique, tant à l'extérieur qu'à l'intérieur, chargée d'histoire. A ne pas rater !
Notice filed on 08/24/2017 
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Visited in march 2017
Une très belle église avec un atrium riche en sculptures. Après la frénésie autour du Duomo c'est agréable de découvrir cette basilique!
Notice filed on 03/24/2017 
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Visited in october 2016
Magnifique! et tout le quartier a du charme. Un de mes endroits préférés à Milan!
L'architecture est splendide, l'atmosphère y est aussi toute particulière; pour les amateurs il y a de belles pièces d'orfèvrerie à l'intérieur. A visiter à mon avis lors d'un passage dans la ville
Notice filed on 12/31/2016 
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Visited in october 2016
une très belle basilique au centre de Milan.A l'intérieur du plafond à la nef tous est beau. a voir
Notice filed on 12/30/2016 
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Visited in december 2015
Une église qui vaut vraiment le détour, très belle entrée, on ne sait plus où donner de la tête, le plafond de la nef est superbe de même que l'autel !
Notice filed on 12/30/2015 
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Visited in september 2018
the external part is one of the most important example of romanique in Italy, inside teh ciborio and paliotto (the silver figures under the altar) are definetely wirth a visit
Notice filed on 11/26/2015 
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a voir et y aller
le centre de la "Milanesità" auquel tiennent beaucoup les milanais.
Un très bel exemple de roman lombard que nous connaissons mal.
Les alentours ont été refaits faisant de l'endroit un oasis de calme près du centre
Notice filed on 11/02/2015 
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Très belle église romane avec à l'intérieur des voutes colorées splendides. La chaire est magnifiquement sculptée. Cet ensemble vaut vraiment la visite d'autant plus qu'il est situé dans le plus vieux quartier de Milan, plus tranquille que la Place du Duomo.
Notice filed on 11/02/2015 

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