Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio

Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, Milan

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Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio

Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio
4.5
History Museums • Churches & Cathedrals
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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
  • Sant'Ambrogio • 3 min walk
  • Sant'Agostino • 8 min walk
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francien2015
Rotterdam, The Netherlands949 contributions
If you like mediaval art this is a must go
Aug 2020
The Ambrosius basilica is supposedly the burial ground of the first christian bishop of Mediolanum in the Roman era. It was on the edge of the Roman city so it is likely to have been founded on Roman burial grounds. The church is a great example of early mediaval structures. With tombstone used as bricks for the wall and great mediaval art in site it is a beauty to visit
Written 8 September 2020
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David
Oxford, UK1,052 contributions
ATTN: *NOT* temporarily closed as Tripadvisor says.
Aug 2020 • Solo
The Basilica is an interesting historical site, with features dating back to early centuries.

It isn't closed as Tripadvisor claims, but back open again following covid restrictions being relaxed.
Written 15 August 2020
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Paulette
Bordeaux Saint Clair, France7 contributions
Great Basilica
Dec 2019
Great! Little of the early church remain mainly round the apse and Chapel of San Vittore. The interior has an altar with a wonderful mosaic If you are in Milan you must visit the Basilica.
Written 11 July 2020
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BedrosC
3218894103 contributions
Average
Feb 2020
If you have time you can take a look but don't expect too much, its an average place to see. I don't highly recommend.
Written 1 March 2020
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,401 contributions
I attended two masses here
Jan 2020
I attended Catholic mass here twice during my visit to Milan in late December 2019 and early January 2020. The first time was on a Sunday. When I arrived here early in the morning it was still dark outside. I went in to the courtyard which was very interesting. The inside of the church is very rich. The altar has a fresco, there are statues, scenes of Jesus and the crucifixion and Mary with infant Jesus, religious paintings, etc. The second time I came here was on New Years Day. Again I got here early in the morning but they told me that the mass would not start until 10 am. Both masses were in Italian and very moving. There is a nice gift shop in the church. I definitely think that Basilica di Sant'Ambroglio is a "must-see" in Milan. And I think it is a more manageable church for attending catholic mass as opposed to the Duomo.
Written 18 February 2020
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Nik R
Varna, Bulgaria6,679 contributions
Ancient church
Mar 2019
One of the oldest churches in Milan (although very little remains from the original church), built and inaugurated by St Ambrose in the 4th century on site where many Christians were killed by the Romans. Originally "Basilica Martyrum", it was later named after him. In the centuries, the church had several restorations, the latest being in the 20th century after it had been destroyed by an allied bombing.
It has 2 towers, different in height, the shortest, right one is called "The Tower of the Monks". There is a big atrium before you enter the church itself with several archeological artefacts.
There is a crypt beneath the altar where the remains of St Ambrose and 2 other saints rest. There are some interesting reliefs in the church and the vaulted ceiling in the presbytery is beautifully painted.
The basilica closes for visitors between 1230 and 1430.
Written 2 February 2020
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boupolp
Vienna, Austria92 contributions
Jewel of romantic style
Oct 2019
Although less famous than the duomo, this church was surprisingly full of treasures, history and juwels. It has also a nice cloister in front and on the back.
Written 12 January 2020
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dascha447
Baar, Switzerland58 contributions
For all history lovers!
Dec 2019
Don't miss this beautiful church named after the patron of the city of MIlan! You surely won't find so many visitors as at the Duomo!
Written 6 January 2020
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paolovbossi
The Hague, The Netherlands673 contributions
The best church of Milan
Jan 2020
The Basilica is probaby not so famous for the tourists as the Duomo and this is a tremendous mistake. Sant'Ambrogio is the masterpiece of the romanic architechture and it's amazing. The outside and the inside are simply perfect to understand the "rules" of this style.
It is rather small.
It's not possible to leave Milan without visiting it.
Written 5 January 2020
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,440 contributions
Rather simple, but worth a visit
Oct 2019
The Basilica is rather simple compared to others. It has, as expected, a very high ceiling and a pretty altar. Under the ambo (where the Priest reads the gospel) is a stone carving that is almost 900 years old. There is a side prayer area with a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that is quite beautiful. But many of the side areas either don’t have pictures or are dark. For 2 euros you can visit the little museum in the church which is basically a small room with some impressive paintings and other items. To the side of the museum is a pretty pop out area with a mosaic picture.
Written 13 December 2019
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Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio is open:
  • Sun - Sun 07:30 - 13:00
  • Sun - Sun 15:00 - 20:00
  • Mon - Sat 07:30 - 12:30
  • Mon - Sat 14:30 - 19:00
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