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Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio

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The Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio (St. Ambrose) is a church in Milan, northern Italy.

History

One of the most ancient churches in Milan, it was built by St. Ambrose in 379-386, in an area where numerous martyrs of the Roman persecutions had been buried. The first name of the church was in fact Basilica Martyrum.

In the following centuries the edifice underwent several restorations and partial reconstructions, assuming the current appearance in 1099, when it was rebuilt in Romanesque architecture. The basilica plan of the original edifice was maintained, with an apse and two aisles, all with apses, and a portico with elegant archs supported by semicolumns and pilasters preceding the entrance. The latter was used to house the disciples (catecumeni) coming to Mass to receive baptism (this habit disappeared in the early 11th century).

The flat appearance of the hut-like façade is typical of Lombard medieval architecture. It has two loggias, the lower one with three arcades of equal dimensions joining the portico. The upper loggia has five arcades of different height that follow the ceiling. It is used by the bishop of Milan to bless the people attending outside.

The basilica has two bell towers. The right one, called dei Monaci ("of the Monks"), is from the 9th century and has a severe appearance. The left and higher one dates to 1144, the last two floors added in 1889.

The interior of the basilica has the same size as the external portico. Notable is the apse mosaic, portraying the Christ pantokrator and dating from the early 13th century.

The church also houses the tomb of Emperor Louis II, who died in Lombardy in 875.

In August 1943 the Anglo-American bombings heavily damaged the Basilica which was almost completely destroyed.

Other

Royce Hall, at the University of California, Los Angeles, is modelled after Sant'Ambrogio.

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Milano è Turismo
17 September 2012
It is a superb example of Lombard Romanesque architecture and it is dedicated to Ambrose, bishop of Milan. At that time Ambrose had named it “Basilica Martyrum.” http://tinyurl.com/8th3hl6
Alek
9 January 2017
Be sure to pay a visit to the bones of St. Ambrose, Bishop and Father of the Church, laid out with the martyrs which he recovered, Sts. Gervasius and Protasius. The basilica museum is also worth it.
Otel.com
22 November 2011
This historical church is where many martyrs are buried, and where you'll learn about medieval architecture and history. Don't miss the Crypt of St. Ambrose and art at the Sarcophagus of Stilichone.
eric bornemann
21 January 2021
Stunning gem of a church with incredible architecture and carvings. Really a special and spiritual place.
Milano è Turismo
10 July 2012
Cuore di storia e spiritualità, scrigno d’arte sacra, la Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio rappresenta insieme al Duomo il fulcro della vita spirituale di Milano. http://tinyurl.com/d7b86kw
YC
30 November 2012
米兰城内最古老的教堂之一,由米兰大主教圣安布罗斯建于 379-386年。所在的地区安葬了无数死于罗马迫害的殉道者。教堂 最初的名字是殉教者圣殿(Basilica Martyrum)。在接下来的几个世 纪,建筑进行数次修复和部分重建,1099年重建后形成目前的罗曼 式建筑外观。其小屋般扁平的立面是典型的伦巴第中世纪建筑。它有 两层凉廊,下层有三个拱,同等尺寸.
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0.1km from Colonna del Diavolo, Piazza Sant'Ambrogio, 20123 Milano, Italy

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