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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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One of the musts to see in Milano

A good example of baroque architecture. Well organized audio service with a lot of interesting information. One of the musts to visit in Milano

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ianko M
Sofia, Bulgaria
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A good example of baroque architecture. Well organized audio service with a lot of interesting information. One of the musts to visit in Milano

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Cascais, Portugal
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit albeit the center of attraction is The Duomo there is this sneaky piece of art awaiting a visit. Like many of this type of monuments all over Italy.

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Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a detour from the Duomo. Beautiful old church, with chapel containing some extraordinary frescoes. And of course, its famous "false apse" - created by the painter....

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting take on what to do if trying to squeeze a something into space thats to small for it, The achievement of the optical illuson is facinating as aer the terracotta sculptures

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small church with amazing painting on the wall. This is one of the top places to visit in Milan.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very beautiful Church in the heart of the city! Really close to Duomo's square. The Church is known for its false apse, an early example of trompe l'œil, attributed to Donato Bramante.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This church is incredibly unique and worth a visit even if you're over churches. Stand in the center at the back of the church and admire the depth of the alter. Then walk your way around and sit on one of the sides to discover the amazing illusion the artist and architect has created. The church looks much larger than... More 

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Reviewed 25 March 2017

I did not feel fooled for a second by this “optical illusion”, and I don’t see who would be. This is literally a couple minutes to walk in, go “huh” and walk out. You should really only go to this if you are literally already walking by; it’s free.

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Reviewed 21 March 2017

The church is close to the Piazza del Duomo and it has nice interior, but the most amazing thing is an amazing optical illusion. Actually, from the entrance, it look like the altar is placed in at least 5 meter deep niche, but the real depth is 90 cm.The painted wall gives the stunning experience.

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Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

I'm guessing some people will eventually get churched-out in Italy because there are so many to see. This one is one you should not miss however. It doesn't look like much from outside but there's a reason for why you'll see so many tour groups here. Hopefully, when you walk in the front door, someone will have paid the 1... More 

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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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