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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.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
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Via Torino 17-18, 20123 Milan, Italy
Centro Storico
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+39 02 874683
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In the shadow of the Duomo (not far at all), this church is worth a visit. Take it in from the back, then go to the very front and see the surprise!

Thank Michael K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This church is very convenient to Piazza Duomo (less than 2 blocks) so it's worth a few minutes to pop in to see the amazing trompe l'oeil wall. When you first enter, you won't even realize what you are looking at as you look forward...More

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Reviewed 28 June 2018

It's hard to see, because it is hidden in a small alley at the beginning of via Torino, starting from the Duomo, on your left, but it's definitely worth while. The perspective inside is artificially created to make you think... I don't want to spoil...More

Thank Opossumino
Reviewed 27 June 2018

Discovered this place whilst listening to Citysiteeing walking tour. It is the sort of place that you wouldn't notice. Inside, the main thing to see is the optical illusion. From the back you wouldn't guess that the the scene behind the alter was a flat...More

Thank David A
Reviewed 20 June 2018

This is also a beautiful church. It was across the street from our hotel, & we attended the Sunday morning service.

Thank kapcat
Reviewed 1 June 2018

Sure there are more famous churches to see in Milan - but i like to keep it crowd-free and easy. Last trip I saw Bramante’s trompe l’oeil behind the altar of this small church set back from the road between the chain shops on Via...More

Thank RobertaSydney
Reviewed 27 May 2018

The expansion of the church required space behind the altar where there was only 91cm. The area was transformed by architect Donato Bramante using trompe d’ oeil to give the optical illusion the space was 10m - an increase of 10x. The amazing skill and...More

Thank geovaughnni
Reviewed 25 May 2018

Tidy church tucked away in the busiest part of Milan. Really nice decor but not somewhere you'd typically spend a lot of time.

Thank ilpirata83
Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

I just loved this small church. I am always amazed at the specific beauty each church has. I looked at outside and almost walked by. The alter has a 3-D effect which is quite interesting. Each side chapel is also lovely

Thank Patricia D
Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

Only minutes away from the Duomo, this Basilica is famous for its optical illusion. The altar area appears deep from the back of the church but when you get close, it really is a flat wall. Well done. There is a side chapel with several...More

Thank Robert L
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Centro Storico
The pulsating core of Milan is in Centro. Duomo Square
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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
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Katch04
2 July 2018|
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Response from kapcat | Reviewed this property |
It appeared to be open all day. It is not open to tourists while mass is being celebrated.
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Sabs709
24 April 2017|
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Response from Tania C | Reviewed this property |
Hi Gail, in this Church the mess is celebrared in Sundays sta 11.00 am
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