Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio
Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio
Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio

Piazza Sant’Ambrogio, 15

M2 S. Ambrogio
Tram 2, 14, 16, 19/Bus 50, 58, 94
BikeMi 05 - Università Cattolica / 63: Sant'Ambrogio

Founded in 379 as Basilica Martyrum on the burial spot of the martyrs Gervase e Protase, in 397 the basilica also became a mausoleum for the city's bishop and future patron saint. Because of this - a testimony to Milanese ecclesiastical independence, and its ancient traditions - the church is one of the most symbolic sites in the city. By the 11 th century the edifice was extensively rebuilt in the Romanesque style. A vast arcaded atrium, built between 1088 and 1099, gives entrance to the Basilica. The gabled form of the façade on two superimposed loggias, a narthex, and an upper loggia of five diminishing arches, seems to be framed at the base by the arcades of the atrium itself; while the higher part is flanked by the double profile of the bell towers, the southern and shorter one is called the Torre dei Monaci, and dates from the 9th century, while the second one, incorporating delicate pilasters and small arches, is known as the Torre dei Canonici and was built between 1128 and 1144. Many frescoes and mosaics of high value are present, like the seventh chapel that gives access to the small chapel of Saint Vittore in Ciel d'Oro.

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