(active 1128-1144 in Milan)

View from the west

Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, Milan

The Sant'Ambrogio Basilica in Milan is an outstanding example of Lombard Romanesque architecture. Although the church was originally built between 379 and 386, the earliest portions of the present structure date from the 9th and 10th centuries. The rebuilt vaulted nave and aisles date from 1128, the atrium from about 1050, and the narthex from 1095–96. Donato Bramante designed parts of the basilica and its chapel between 1492 and 1497. Some of his unfinished plans were executed in 1955.

The photo shows the atrium and view from the west. The second, taller campanile was added between 1128 and 1144.

This great monastic basilica of Milan is one of the largest-scale and most important of the churches that fused Lombard Romanesque construction with forms from the Old St. Peter's in Rome.

© Web Gallery of Art, created by Emil Krén and Daniel Marx.