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Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro

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Address: Via Torino 17-18, 20123 Milan, Italy
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+39 02 874683
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

Just south of the world-famous Duomo in Milan, this historic church was...

Just south of the world-famous Duomo in Milan, this historic church was built in the 9th century. More commonly known as “San Satiro,” it houses Byzantine frescoes and other works of art.

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Amazing optical illusion

When the church was built there was no room to build an apse (the recessed structure behind the altar). Thus, Donato Bramante painted a genuine-looking apse with a barrel-vaulted... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When the church was built there was no room to build an apse (the recessed structure behind the altar). Thus, Donato Bramante painted a genuine-looking apse with a barrel-vaulted ceiling. Only when one stands on the side, does one realize that the entire depth of the apse is less than 1 meter.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

This church is quite close to the Duomo, but no one seems to go there. There is an amazing example of trompe l'oeil behind the altar by Bramante. It is one of the first examples of that art technique in history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This little church is just out of the bustle of the piazza del duomo. The optical illusion was well executed and there was an English speaking guide who volunteers at the church to explain some of the history. We very much enjoyed our exploration of this hidden and unexpected place. To be respectful, women should cover their shoulders and legs... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

You probably are just around the corner anyway - take a minute (okay, five - take five minutes) to step into this jewel of Renaissance cleverness. If you are in Milan for art/design etc you'll enjoy this one a lot, and if you are here ...to buy shoes, you'll feel so much more sophisticated having an architectural anecdote to take... More 

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Winchester, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Interesting architectural illusion that makes the church look bigger than it is. Just off the main shopping drag near Duomo so worth a quick visit to experience the tranquility away from the rat race.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Very interesting church with cool visual effect. 5 minute walk from the Duomo, open Tues-Sat for visitors. Worth a few minutes of your time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Beautiful church to visit, a place of worship hazard stood on this site since a.d. 879. You can get there on the way to the Cathedral, it's located on Torino Street. Don't pass by without visiting this important church. The roofed domes are absolutely magnificent and we'll worth a 30 minute visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

s nice as many of the churches in Rome. Lots of history. Amazing atmosphere small gift shop. So old but well preserved.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Part of the fun is finding it! Its right near you and you may not know it. Well worth the 30 minutes you may go to see it. Beautiful! Historic! Free, no tickets. There is an optical illusion at the Alter, see if you can find it! Hint, it looks 10 meters long but its only about 1 miter long.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

Quite small but warm atmosphere church in the middle of the very busy street. Like changing centuries back. Very special and rare paint architecture inside. Take a step out from the crowd and find specialists.

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The pulsating core of Milan is in Centro. Duomo Square is enclosed by the gothic cathedral, the historic icon of Milan. However, shopping is what draws most crowds to this area. The classy and versatile Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with luxury boutiques and high quality restaurants will turn any shopping or lunch expedition into a royal experience. Head to the rooftop of the flagship La Rinascente to enjoy the view of the animated square with a panorama of the Duomo. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the street for high-end shopping. Brands of all kinds and street artists attract the attention of all visitors; while at Via Santa Radegonda 16, Luini Panzerotti is a much appreciated street food shop providing unimaginable culinary experiences. If shopping takes its toll on you, consider visiting Castello Sforzesco, a 15th century castle housing several museums. Those looking to relax can go to Parco Sempione, where nature provides respite from the energy of this dynamic and international city.
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