Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio

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Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio information

Milan , Italy
Piazza Sant'Ambrogio 15
+390 2 8645 0895
Getting there
Metro: Sant'Ambrogio
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Opening hours
10am-noon & 2.30-6pm Mon-Sat, 3-5pm Sun
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St Ambrose, Milan’s patron saint and one-time superstar bishop, is buried in the crypt of this red-brick cathedral, which he founded in AD 379. It’s a fitting legacy, built and rebuilt with a purposeful simplicity that is truly uplifting: the seminal Lombard Romanesque basilica. Shimmering altar mosaics and a biographical 835 AD golden altarpiece, which once served as the cladding for the saint's sarcophagus, light up the shadowy vaulted interior.

The second chapel on the right contains frescoes by Tiepolo. Along the south aisle there's some precious 5th-century sparkle: mosaics adorn the Sacello San Vittore in Ciel d’Oro , its ‘golden sky’ dome supported by winged monkeys and griffins.