Personalized visits for small groups
This church is of the utmost importance to Milan because it was founded by Saint Ambrose, the Ancient Roman-born citizen who was elected bishop of the city by popular acclaim, in 374 A.D, and is now the patron of Milan. One of the most ancient churches in Milan, it was built by in 379–386, in an area where numerous martyrs of the Roman persecutions had been buried. The first name of the church was in fact Basilica Martyrum. The artworks include a Palaeochristian mosaic in the apse, restored after extensive war damage, and the altar in gold with precious stones, dating back to about 850 A.D.
The building underwent several restorations and partial reconstructions, and now it is extremely interesting to observe the different styles which produced this fantastic monument. Today, the structure is basically Romanesque, 11th-12th century.
Near the façade there are two bell towers, and your guide will explain the back story about it …
In the crypt, there are the bodies of Ambrose and two martyred saints put to death by the Romans and exhumed by Ambrose.Along one aisle, the oratory of San Vittore in Ciel d’Oro was built in the 4th century, while its mosaics on the walls and ceiling were created in the 5th century; these include one of the earliest portraits of Saint Ambrose.
The Bramante’s cloister
One cloister at the left of the basilica, facing a garden.
Tempio della Vittoria
An impressing Mausoleum located between the apse of the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio and the seat of the Catholic University, is dedicated to the memory of the Milanese who died during the Great War. It was built from 1927 to 1930, by the famous architect Giovanni Muzio in collaboration with Alberto Alpago Novello, Tomaso Buzzi, Ottavio Cabiati and Gio Ponti. At the entrance a large bronze and gilded statue, four and a half meters high, by Adolfo Wildt (1928) shows a Saint trampling the seven deadly sins.
The two cloisters by Bramante
Two more lovely cloisters by Renaissance architect Bramante which are now part of the nearby Università Cattolica are worth a visit.
Open every day from 8.30 to 19.15
Dress code to enter the church It is always forbidden to wear sleeveless tops and shortsOn summer are admitted T shirts, covering the shoulders, and knee-length pants.
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Duration of this additional itinerary: 2 hours approx
Cost for a total of 4 hours of visit: €360 to be shared by a group up to 5 people; €390 to be shared by a group up 6 to 10 people
The cost includes: the tour description by an expert.
- a tour description by an expert
What’s not included
- Transport to reach the meeting point.
- Foods and beverages unless otherwise specified.
- Tips (optional).
- Personal extras
Departurebasilica di sant'ambrogio
Meeting 30 minutes before the main entrance to the Basilica's external portico