Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio

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MON - SAT (7.30 a.m. - 12.30 a.m.; 2.30 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.); SUN (7.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.; 3.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.) [for guided tours check that there are no liturgies in progress]
25, S. Ambrogio Sq. - Milan (MI)


On the left of the entrance to the monumental complex, there is a Roman column known as the “Devil’s Column”. According to legend, the holes on the column shaft were generated by the horns of the tempting devil who, colliding with a combative Sant’Ambrogio, went to bang his head right against the column, remaining stuck until the next day, when he disappeared in one of the two holes, thus creating a gap to hell. Even today it is said that, approaching near the holes, it is possible to perceive the smell of sulfur.

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