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Simple church

This church is in the busy central area of Milan near the quadriltero della moda. The church dates from the 11 th century but now it is bit of a mixture of architectural styles... read more

Reviewed 10 February 2017
Chris F
Ipswich, Australia
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Bellaire, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The church of San Babila is so named iin honor of the relics of St. Babylas of Antioch, brought to Milan Marolus, the bishop of Milan in the 400s AD. Erected on the site of a Roman temple to the Sun, the earliest Christian structure dates back to the 5th century. The core of the current structure was built in... More 

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Ipswich, Australia
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

This church is in the busy central area of Milan near the quadriltero della moda. The church dates from the 11 th century but now it is bit of a mixture of architectural styles due to various renovations carried out over the years. The two side chapels date from the late renaissance. It is a simple church and doesn't have... More 

Thank Chris F
Leppajarvi, Finland
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Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

Peaceful and very nice church for relaxing and take a breath between running out for shopping. Nice paintings and everything needed for visiting. Special background why this building is there.

Thank fisupeksu
Birchgrove, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Relatively unadorned, but authentic church. The place is quiet, genuine - no gift shop, no ticket to get in, no armed guards, just a lovely old church. Lovely frescoes, but restrained stained glass windows. Nice, certainly, but no wow factor.

Thank Boodar
Malaga, Spain
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Reviewed 20 May 2016

The facade of the church is mostly made of brick. Above the entrance there is a figure of Christ. The main chapel is quite simple and does not call attention.

Thank BennyMalaga
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 December 2015 via mobile

With all the other buildings in Milan this is not the best one but there is still something about it as everyone is so different and this small church fits in well in San Babila

Thank Martino B
Tortona, Italy
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Reviewed 6 December 2015

Exactly placed in the main Piazza San Babila, a few hundred meters from the cathedral square. A small Romanesque church, I never had the pleasure to visit it entirely but hovering outside I could see the beauty of the facade. Unusual to see a church so tiny and simple in the heart of a busy city like Milan. A combination... More 

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Batroun, Lebanon
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Reviewed 15 November 2015

Discrete, small but well placed... this church will attract your attention! Don't know how old it is, but seems well managed & maintained proper & in good shape.

Thank Costy M
Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 5 September 2015

This church is totally underwhelming inside, but its red brick exteriors make it somehow more interesting. If you're in the area, a 1-2 minute visit is all you need.

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Laval, Canada
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Reviewed 7 July 2014 via mobile

This church makes a nice change from the many extravagant basilicas and cathedrals you see in Italy. Go in if you pass by, but don't walk miles for it.

Thank Mariane G

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The pulsating core of Milan is in Centro. Duomo Square is enclosed by the gothic cathedral, the historic icon 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 rooftop of the flagship La Rinascente to enjoy the view of the animated square with a panorama of the Duomo. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the street for high-end shopping. Brands of all kinds and street artists attract the attention of all visitors; while at Via Santa Radegonda 16, Luini Panzerotti is a much appreciated street food shop providing unimaginable culinary experiences. If shopping takes its toll on you, consider visiting Castello Sforzesco, a 15th century castle housing several museums. Those looking to relax can go to Parco Sempione, where nature provides respite from the energy of this dynamic and international city.
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