Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio

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Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio information

Location
Milan , Italy
Address
Piazza Sant'Ambrogio 15
Telephone
+390 2 8645 0895
Getting there
Metro: Sant'Ambrogio
Opening hours
8.30am-7pm
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St Ambrose, Milan’s patron saint and one-time superstar bishop, is buried in the crypt of the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio, 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 gilt altarpiece light up the shadowy vaulted interior.

The second chapel on the right contains frescoes by Tiepolo. While 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.