Basilica di San Simpliciano

Basilica di San Simpliciano, Milan

Basilica di San Simpliciano

Basilica di San Simpliciano
4.5
07:15 - 12:00, 15:00 - 19:00
Monday
07:15 - 12:00
15:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
07:15 - 12:00
15:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
07:15 - 12:00
15:00 - 19:00
Thursday
07:15 - 12:00
15:00 - 19:00
Friday
07:15 - 12:00
15:00 - 19:00
Saturday
07:15 - 12:00
15:00 - 19:00
Sunday
07:30 - 12:30
16:00 - 19:00
Plan your visit
The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Centro Storico
The pulsating core of Milan is in Centro. Duomo Square is enclosed by the gothic cathedral, the historic icon of Milan. However, shopping is what draws most crowds to this area. The classy and versatile Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with luxury boutiques and high quality restaurants will turn any shopping or lunch expedition into a royal experience. Head to the rooftop of the flagship La Rinascente to enjoy the view of the animated square with a panorama of the Duomo. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the street for high-end shopping. Brands of all kinds and street artists attract the attention of all visitors; while at Via Santa Radegonda 16, Luini Panzerotti is a much appreciated street food shop providing unimaginable culinary experiences. If shopping takes its toll on you, consider visiting Castello Sforzesco, a 15th century castle housing several museums. Those looking to relax can go to Parco Sempione, where nature provides respite from the energy of this dynamic and international city.
How to get there
  • Lanza • 4 min walk
  • Moscova • 5 min walk
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK149,535 contributions
Worth a visit
Oct 2019
The Basilica di San Simpliciano is a Romanesque church, in the Piazza San Simpliciano not far from the main tourist district of Milan.

The facade of the building at the front and around the sides have some interesting triple mullioned windows and decorative arches.

The inside is kept pretty dark outside of religious hours and chloral music is played, which make visiting the church very atmospheric. The two marian chapels at the transepts are especially inspiring due to the lighting on the chapel dedication and enhanced by the darkness of the interior.
Written 2 November 2019
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differentname
Woodbridge, CT2,597 contributions
Vibrant fresco, original...
Sep 2019
....in the apse, half dome above the altar, "Coronation of the Virgin" by Ambrogio da Fossano.... and the gold shines....

This is one of the four Basilicas that St. Ambrose proposed to be built to define the four corners of Milan, during the 4th century... which is a really long time ago.

Well worth a stop. It is set back from the main road, Corso Garibaldi.
Written 27 October 2019
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy25,291 contributions
Virginium
Aug 2019
Wonderful Roman basilica started in 385 by order of Sant’Ambrogio. One of the four basilicas commissioned by the then bishop of Milan who became a saint and patron of the city
Built on an early Christian necropolis it was completed by the successor wanted by the same Ambrogio (died in 397): Simpliciano, who on his death, in 401,
he was immediately venerated as a saint and entitled this Basalica to him
Facade unchanged for centuries with its pure Romanesque style, the squat bell tower for the reduction suffered in the sixteenth century.
Immense interior, a giant hall divided by ten columns that divide it into three naves.
The two organs on the sides of the altar are beautiful with frescoes by Aurelio Luini.
In the apse the magnificent masterpiece by Ambrogio da Fossano known as il Bergognone, a fresco depicting the coronation of Mary.
Beautiful the main neoclassical altar in polychrome marbles.
On the left you enter the "little basilica" called the Sacellum of the martyrs of Anunia.
Several chapels can be admired on both side aisles, all in Baroque and Neoclassical style with beautifully painted statues and altars.
Written 23 August 2019
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Patricia D
Amherst, MA1,856 contributions
Nice
May 2018 • Friends
I wouldn’t seek it out but if you are walking by it is always nice to stop in and admire the beauty of this old church. Nice old paintings and alter area.
Written 23 May 2018
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gianlorenzo
norfolk186 contributions
Wonderfully austere church with a strong sense of history
Nov 2017 • Couples
Although slightly off the beaten track, this church is quite close to the Brera Art Gallery. It is certainly worth seeking out as its austere Romanesque architecture is extraordinary and unadorned. The space inside is very simple, atmospheric and compelling.
Written 19 November 2017
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Catarina A
11 contributions
Worth a visit
Aug 2017
It's a beautiful church with many interesting and original details. It's also located on a nice part of the city.
Written 19 August 2017
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P.Paolo G
9 contributions
a peaceful invitation to know more about an unexpected Milan
Nov 2016 • Family
The tradition says the Balisica is one of the four churches S.Ambrogio wanted at the four corners of the ancient city when he became bishop in year 374, with the original name of "Basilica Virginum". They became the 4 cornerstones around which the city developed its architecture. The purpose of the 4 Basilicas was to demonstrate Milano was finally part of the new Christian world. Besides the beauty of this special place in the very hearth of Milano, close to the trendy Brera, and at the very center of the most fashionable nightlife, what makes it unique is its history. San Simpliciano is often mentioned by Sant'Agostino in his "Confessionum", and this is the best place to start searching for his history in the key years of his life he spent in this unique city.
Written 27 November 2016
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fisupeksu
Leppajarvi, Finland333 contributions
Peaceful stop when hurrying in city
Oct 2016 • Couples
Nice and peaceful place to visit when running around the city for shopping and treasure hunting. Very nice paintings, wood carvings and all you need inside the great church.
Written 8 November 2016
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia24,261 contributions
Majestic Ancient Church
May 2016 • Couples
It was built in 374 by St Ambrose the Bishop of Milan and it is a massive building that has worn well considering its age. It is not that imposing externally but inside its high columns and old murals in a main building and two arms are worth seeing. It closes for siesta so pick the right time.
Written 14 May 2016
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Don B
Sydney, Australia4,906 contributions
An oasis of peace away from the bustle of Milamo
Apr 2015 • Couples
We stumbled onto this beautiful church by accident one day while shopping. It is located off Corso Garibaldi. We later learned that the church was built by San Ambrogio, and early bishop and patron saint of Milano in the late 4th Century and completed by his successor San Simpliciano to whom it is dedicated.

It is an oasis of peace and tranquility off what is Milano's busiest shopping street. It has some beautiful freschi and some interesting stained glass. It is well worth a visit if you are in this part of Milano.
Written 26 October 2015
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Basilica di San Simpliciano is open:
  • Sun - Sun 07:30 - 12:30
  • Sun - Sun 16:00 - 19:00
  • Mon - Sat 07:15 - 12:00
  • Mon - Sat 15:00 - 19:00
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