(active 1128-1144 in Milan)

Interior view

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 complex and continuous building history of the church indicates how its monastic and canonical institutions periodically redefined themselves architecturally for the ever-growing community of this great centre of administration, trade and communication at the threshold between Italy and the North.

The photo shows the nave eastwards.

View the ground plan of the galilee of the Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, Milan.

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