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Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, Milan

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Escape the busy streets of Milan in Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, a peaceful, 15th-century church where you'll see a famous trompe-l'oeil choir. The apse in the church was too small to do much with, so Italian architect Donato Bramante created an illusory apse. Stand at the back of the nave, and you'll think you're looking at a deep apse. If you stand to the side, you'll see that it the apse is actually quite small. Admire the Byzantine frescoes and other great artworks throughout the church. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro by using our Milan route builder tool.
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  • The church of "Santa Maria presso San Satiro" (Saint Mary near Saint Satyr) was founded during the 9th century, and it was heavily restructured during the 15th century, when the architect Donato... 
    The church of "Santa Maria presso San Satiro" (Saint Mary near Saint Satyr) was founded during the 9th century, and it was heavily restructured during the 15th century, when the architect Donato...  more »
  • Finding the entrace was a little tricky as it's tucked into a small courtyard accessed by Via Torino. We couldn't get as close of a look as I'd have liked because there was a wedding in progress. It.....  more
    Finding the entrace was a little tricky as it's tucked into a small courtyard accessed by Via Torino. We couldn't get as close of a look as I'd have liked because there was a wedding in progress. It.....  more »
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  • Fantastic place with a lot of history of the Italian Renaissance, everything super renovated and beautiful. There is this Wooow effect when looking to the best perspective of Donato Bramante. He was a legendary architect (artist, an universal man) that lived in Milan during Ludovico Sforza's govern. They decided to build this church after listening to a miracle happened about 200 years before, when a drunk man passed in front of the small chapel with the painting of Madonna and Jesus (which now is on the main church altar) and stab Jesus neck. People said it started bleeding. But the problem of building the church at that place was the lack of space on the back side. Bramante managed to do the perspective trick and an incredible illusion of 9,6m depth, while he had only 0,96m available. Even Leonardo da Vinci was involved in the buiding of this church as Carlo Pedretti tells us. (I am a researcher of Renaissance and da Vinci. For a street walk in Milan see airbnb experiences)
  • Small church smacked between buildings. Enter from main road. Unique design inside the church and near to the Duomo.

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