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St. Ambrogio is the masterpiece of Romanesque architecture in Lombardy, and indeed the prototype of all Romanesque architecture in Italy. The church and a basilica was dedicated to St. Ambrose, the bishop-protector of the city whose mortal remains were buried inside.
The basilica was built on the site of the palace where in 313 the Emperor Constantine issued his famous Edict granting the early Christians the right to freely practice their religion. It was Ambrose himself who desired that the basilica be built over the site of the Cristian burial ground and martyres. The plan of the church consecrated by Ambrose on January 13, 386 had single aisles, no transepts, and a single apse, just as it appears today.
In 789 Archbishop Pietro added a monastery for Benedictine monks along-side the church. Starting from the 9th century, the church went through a slow transformation, first when the apse was lengthened and then when the first belltower (Monks' Tower) was put up. Later on, in the 10th century the second belltower called the Rectors' Tower went up on the left side. By this time the church had taken on the pure Romanesque look it has retained up to this very day, despite Bramante's Renaissance touches in the rectory and cloister.

Address: Piazza S. Ambrogio
Directions: from Piazza Castello through Piazzale L.Cadorna and then by via Carducci till Pusterla di S.Ambrogio
Phone: 02 8645 0895
Website: http://www.basilicasantambrogio.it/

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  • Updated Dec 19, 2005
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