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Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

This is a must for anybody interested in early architecture and religion. The carvings and stonework are truly amazing and the interior is awe inspiring. An old building which holds a lovely warm feeling

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We visited later on a Sunday afternoon. Impressive building considering its age and well worth an hour of your time. Easy access on the metro. Be sure to check the hours before heading there.

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

Sant Ambrogio is only a few minutes walk from San Ambrogio Metro Station (line M2). It is considered the most important example of Romanesque Architecture in Lombardy. The interior has three aisles each containing valuable works of art. The Presbytery and choir is dominated by the Golden Altar by Volvinio and the imposing ciborium with stuccoes of IX c. The Golden Altar panel facing apse depicts episodes from the life of St Ambrose. The central part of the large mosaic in the apse shows the Blessing Christ between Milanese saints and martyrs. In the crypt itself are the remains of St Ambrose himself. His skeleton is on display accompanied by St Gervasius and Protasius. His skeleton is glazed with a protective coating and dressed in full bishop's finery. This is a beautiful and very interesting church to visit.

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Reviewed 24 May 2014

Beautiful inside and out, one of the oldest churches next to Milan's catholic university, good vibes of peace and universal love, really a place where one can sit and meditate (or pray) away from the frenzy around Piazza del Duomo.

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Reviewed 12 May 2014

My friend and I intended to make the usual walk-through of the church, and were surprised to find that we were just in time for a wedding! We decided to stay, because Milan uses a particular form of the Mass - the Ambrosian Rite - and my friend had never experienced it. But the priest rambled on a bit too long in his homily (27 minutes!), so we did manage to walk around a bit in the side aisles inspecting chapels and paintings until the wedding ended. Then we did a more thorough inspection of this historic basilica which has portions that date back to St Ambrose himself, 4th c. bishop of the city. His tomb is in a crypt chapel behind and below the choir; his body, clothed in white vestments, lies snugly between two martyrs, SS Gervase & Protase, whom Ambrose himself discovered and buried in the church, which was originally dedicated to their honour. So now all three are in one place - the martyrs are vested in red. I do hope they have a bit more room to move in Heaven, because in their glass casket they are really crowded! But what a wonderful place to visit: a great example of a Roman basilica, complete with its atrium or forecourt.

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