Sant’Ambrogio Basilica

The Final Resting Place of Milan’s Patron Saint

Milan Must-Do's Published on 10 October 2018

The Sant’Ambrogio Basilica is indeed one of the most iconic landmarks in Milan. St. Ambrose (Milan’s patron saint) built it in the 4th century to honour persecuted Christian martyrs, and without a doubt the building still hits you with a sense of respect and rigor. Ancient paintings and the rich treasury are definitely worth a visit. Also, this is one of the last few churches to have services in Latin!

Highlights at the Sant’Ambrogio Basilica

Golden mosaics of incredible detail populate the ceilings of Sant’Ambrogio Basilica. The rich mosaic of Christ Pantokrator (Cristo Pantocrate) on the apse and the Oratory of San Vittore will surely blow your hair back in wonder. And the gold rush continues at ground zero. The Altare di Sant’Ambrogio (Sant’Ambrogio Altar) features precious jewellery from the Middle Ages. Lastly, the Canon’s bell tower watches over the courtyard and downtown Milan.

Time to Explore: About 1 hour.

Top Tips: St. Ambrose himself is buried in the basilica’s crypt!

What’s Close? Porta Garibaldi, Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology, Teatro alla Scala, Santa Maria delle Grazie, Sforza Castle, Duomo di Milano, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

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