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Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio

About Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio

Basic Information:


Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio is one of the oldest churches in Milano. It is considered the second most important church of the city. It was built between 379 and 386 by the bishop of Milan, Ambrogio.

The church was built in an area where they had been buried the martyrs of the Roman persecutions. For this he was dedicated to the martyrs and was called Basilica Martyrum: also Ambrogio wanted storing all the relics of the holy martyrs Satiro, Vittore, Nabore, Vitale, Felice, Valeria, Gervasio e Protasio. Also Sant'Ambrogio was buried there and since then changed the name of Basilica assuming his name.

Basilica Sant'Ambrogio has a long story. The church was reconstructed many times but the it took the final appearance between 1088 and 1099, when the Bishop Anselm insisted radically to rebuilt it in the patterns of Romanesque architecture.

Similar to Santa Maria delle Grazie, during the Second World War, in 1943 it was bombarded and destroyed especially the outside of the porch, damaging the dome of the Basilica, the mosaic behind the altar and other external parts of the church. In the years following the restoration that began in the 50s reported the Basilica to its former glory.


The Legends of Sant'Ambrogio

There are two interesting Legends related to two of the columns in Basilica d Sant'Ambrogio:


TravelMapItaly Advices

All the complex of Sant'Ambrogio has an interesting architecture as outside, as inside and it is worth seeing.

Attached to the Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio is the beautiful palace with the gardens Catholic University of Sacro Cuore, the Library of the Catholic University of Sacro Cuore and Shrine of the Fallen in the War.


How to reach Sant'Ambrogio?

Underground MM2 (green line) at S. Ambrose.

BUS ATM: 50, 58, 94.


Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday: 10.00 - 12.00 14.30 - 18.00

Sunday: 15.00 - 17.00



Milano 20123, Italy Piazza Sant'Ambrogio 15

☎ +39 02 86 45 08 95


Web Site: Official Web Site


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Map of Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio


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