The Church of Sant’Ambrogio is one of the most eminent tourist attractions in Milan, which has received widespread acclaim from tourists. The church is also the resting place of Milan’s patron saint, Sant’Ambrogio (St. Ambrose); who lies in the crypt in a marvelous silver and crystal reliquary. Ambrose became the Bishop of Milan in 374, but he is believed to be more of a diplomat than a churchman, and he earned wide spread fame for his oratory. Ambrose came to exercise considerable political power and was a significant figure in the development of the Christian church.
The major parts of this church trace their origin to the 11th century. There is an adjoining sunny courtyard on the front side of the church, and visitors’ can appreciate the two beautiful bell towers of the church from this place.
The church exhibits intriguing examples of religious art. One of the most ancient artifacts in the church is the sarcophagus which remains incorporated into a later pulpit. The history of the huge marble memorial dates back to around 385, and it is said to have been dedicated to a Roman military official. Another striking attraction within the church is the Romanesque pulpit which dates back to 1080.
The Tesoro di Sant’Ambrogio or the ‘treasury’ is a small museum which features a magnificent display of pieces of mosaic and relics from the church’s long history and it is situated next to the Church of Sant’Ambrogio. The premium location of the church is within a short walking distance from Santa Maria delle Grazie, the church where Leonardo’s Last Supper can be viewed, and the La Scala Museum. There is no entrance charge for the church but the adjoining small museum, the Tesoro di Sant’Ambrogio has a minor charge for admission.
- Bishop Ambrose established the church of Sant’Ambrogio which bears his name in 379.
- During the second world war, the church suffered heavy damage due to bombing and was later restored.
The Church of Sant’Ambrogio is located in Italy. It takes around three hours by car to reach the church from Aeroporto Marco Polo in Venice.
The months from April to May or September-end to October are the ideal time to visit the Church of Sant’Ambrogio.
The Church of Sant’Ambrogio opens daily from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and from 3:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Admission to the church is free. The entry ticket to the museum costs €2.00.
Nearby Attractions: Basilica di Sant’Eufemia, Basilica of Saint Vincenzo in Prato,
Santa Maria delle Grazie, Palazzo de Brera, Brera Gallery, and Santa Maria del Carmine.