Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio, Milan

Ornate details

Ornate details

This basilica was founded in 379 AD by Milan’s patron saint, Saint Ambrose.

The bishops blessed the citizens from the upper loggia.

The bishops blessed the citizens from the upper loggia.

Interior

Interior

It remains one of the few remaining examples of medieval Lombard architecture, though it underwent numerous restorations and reconstructions throughout the years.

Ciborium, gold altar and apse mosaic

Ciborium, gold altar and apse mosaic

One showpiece is the decorative canopy supported by four ancient Roman columns. Under the canopy is an elaborate 9th-century gold altar.

Multi-colored brick exterior and relics

Multi-colored brick exterior and relics

The second attention-getter is the 10th-century crypt. The holy relics are in a silver urn. Saint Ambrose’s body is in the middle and martyrs Gervasius and Protasius are on either side.

Crypt

Crypt


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