La basilica di Sant'Ambrogio (basilega de Sant Ambroeus in dialetto milanese), il cui nome completo è basilica romana minore collegiata abbaziale prepositurale di Sant'Ambrogio (nome originario paleocristiano basilica martyrum), è una delle più antiche chiese di Milano. Si trova in piazza Sant'Ambrogio e rappresenta non solo un monumento dell'epoca paleocristiana e romanica, ma anche un punto fondamentale della storia milanese e della Chiesa ambrosiana. È tradizionalmente considerata la seconda chiesa per importanza della città dopo il Duomo di Milano. Insieme alla basilica prophetarum, alla basilica apostolorum ed alla basilica virginum, la basilica martyrum è annoverata tra le quattro basiliche ambrosiane, ovvero quelle fatte costruire da sant'Ambrogio.
Edificata tra il 379 e il 386 in epoca romana tardoimperiale per volere del vescovo di Milano Ambrogio, nell'epoca in cui la città romana di Mediolanum (la moderna Milano) fu capitale dell'Impero romano d'Occidente (ruolo che ricoprì dal 286 al 402), venne quasi totalmente ricostruita assumendo l'aspetto definitivo tra il 1088 e il 1099. Della chiesa originale paleocristiana del IV secolo la nuova basilica dell'XI secolo ereditò scrupolosamente la pianta: tre navate absidate senza transetto con quadriportico antistante. Il suo complesso architettonico è composto dal monastero di Sant'Ambrogio, dalla canonica di Sant'Ambrogio, dalla chiesa di San Sigismondo e dalla basilica. È una delle basiliche paleocristiane di Milano.
Nia F | gen 5, 2018
This Basilica is amazing. Given the age of the structure, it is a gift to see the detail that went into the architecture, the fact that Saint Ambrosia's remains are still inside the Basilica, and that the facility is open to the public for free. Admittedly the Crypt where Saint Ambrosia's his body is being held is a little bit creepy.
leh leh | feb 7, 2018
I arrived thee for the second time after 3 years from my first time. I always happy to go and hope to go again
kavindi fernando | nov 19, 2017
its wonderful. I am not a catholic. but I am enjoying to see ancient things. this is marvolus.
Gustav Christensson | giu 8, 2017
Another church amongst the hundreds of churches you'll find in a large city like Milan. All of the churches have something which makes them special (let's put the Duomo aside for one moment, as it's already given a lot of attention); this one has a lovely tone of brickwork and a style which will be remembered. It isn't imposing and the interior is a little dark, but it's quiet and down-to-earth, and isn't fill to the brim with tourists.
Oleg Naumov | ott 28, 2017
Wonderful early Christian Basilica with small museum of medieval fine arts. Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photo without flash light.
Davide Auriemma | mar 7, 2018
Amazing Basilica in the heart of Milano where you can feel the history of Italy, especially the north side. Worthy to visit
SwordlessOne | mag 2, 2018
Worth visiting if you're into historical places. Also, very close to the Catholic university.
Anton Hunsucker | giu 12, 2018
Well worth your visit - beautiful, special, free and (relatively) quiet. The crypt is spectacular.
Наталья Марковская | mag 21, 2018
Very interesting basilica. It is the eldest church in Milan. And your can see a lot of elements from 11-12 centuries, like golden mosaics and the 9-century altar.
Hermes van Amstel | mag 14, 2018
The original basilica built by St.Ambrose (then still called the Church of Martyrs) was consecrated in the year 379 (there is not a 1 missing here). It is just a short walking distance from Cadorno train and metro station (or even just steps from Ambrogio metro), and one meets a pub along the way! The current church building dates back to the 8th century and the tallest of the two bell towers to the 11th century. So the church is highly atmospheric and feels ancient. The remains of St. Ambrose are resting in piece as relics in the crypt, dressed in a bishop's costume. This is very very old stuff.
Umar Pakbaz | lug 24, 2018
Beautiful architecture. The courtyard is so different than the other churches in Milan and it is indeed very calm and soothing. We had a great time here. Must visit!
Stella Lee | giu 20, 2018
Has rather different architecture from what I have observed in other Italian cities—probably due to the time period when the church was constructed. As such it was relatively refreshing to see. I visited the basilica and the crypt—not many frescoes present (or at least, not huge vibrant ones). There were a number of paintings and artefacts on display. The basilica offered detailed information which is great if you're interested in the history. Another plus was the lack of tourists present; not to mention the free entry to the crypt and basilica.
Luca Galasso | giu 19, 2018
Near the Metro station S. Ambrogio, it is a fine place to visit. The entrance and crypt are free, but there some extra spot that cost 2€. It is also possible to visit the altar but you have to book a reservation explicitly saying that you want to visit it. Overall the visit was good and the duration is around 1h slowly
Andrej Žiak | giu 22, 2018
One of most beautiful church in Milan devoted to city's patron st. Ambrosius. Ine of obligated stop because church is very nice in good condition and also there are remains of mentioned patron.
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