Santa Maria Presso San Satiro, Milan

Santa Maria Presso San Satiro, Milan (must see)

Santa Maria presso San Satiro, commonly known as San Satiro, is a church in Milan that lies on the location of an ancient worship place. Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza commissioned the construction of the present day church. Construction started in 1472 and took nearly 10 years to complete.

Santa Maria Presso di San Satiro is just south of the Duomo in Milan. Dating back to the 800s, the church was renovated in the second half of the 1400s by Bramante. Donato Bramante was a man of talent. In 1472 Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza of Milan commissioned a new church for his city. He wanted to build a huge church but the location available to him very small due to the presence of a busy street. The choir, the space behind the altar, had to be reduced, making the church awkwardly short.

Many famous architects and painters participated in designing a church in such a way that a big church can fit on a tiny plot. In order to solve this problem, Bramante devised an ingenious solution by painting an optical illusion. Though architectural optical illusion was popular in late Renaissance and Baroque, Bramante gave it an entirely new dimension. If you stand at the entrance of the edifice you will have an impression of a much deeper space giving the illusion of the altar far behind than is physically possible. Special lightings inside the church were used to help built this optical illusion. The illusion, however, quickly disappears when you step aside from the main axis of the church. The magic reappears when you step back.

Seeing Bramante's Santa Maria presso San Satiro church is all about perspective and faith!
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Sight Map

Sight Name: Santa Maria Presso San Satiro
Sight Location: Milan, Italy
Sight Type: Religious Site
Guide(s) containing this sight: Core of Centro Storico Walking Tour   Religious Sights Walking Tour   West Centro Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Milan, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Milan

Create Your Own Walk in Milan

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East Centro Walking Tour

East Centro Walking Tour

Milan is a city steeped in history, but also a strategic economic center for Italy, as well as an international fashion hub. Thousands of tourists are attracted to the city's striking historic sites, as well as designer shops and other great places to explore. Take this tour and visit the main sites in Milan's Centro Storico.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Religious Sights Walking Tour

Religious Sights Walking Tour

Milan may be a world fashion capital and an European financial capital, but religion, and "the church" in particular, remain a major part of Milanese life. Many of the churches that you see today have undergone reconstruction or renovation, as preserving historic and religious heritage is one of the city's priorities. Take this tour to visit some of the most notable places of worship in Italy.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Central Milan Souvenir Shopping

Central Milan Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Milan without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Milan, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Isola Nightlife

Isola Nightlife

Milan is a cosmopolitan city and a world fashion center, which is of course reflected in its nightlife scene. Every club in Milan has its own unique atmosphere and specialties. Anywhere you stop, you'll be surprised by something - be it the customers, the shows, the interior design, or the drink selection. Take this tour and experience some of the best clubs in the Isola district of Milan.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Core of Centro Storico Walking Tour

Core of Centro Storico Walking Tour

Milan is a city that boasts both historic and modern architecture. It is also a strategic economic center for Italy and is home to the country's stock exchange. Thousands of tourists are attracted to the city's striking historic sites like the La Scala opera house and the famous Duomo, as well as designer shops and other great places to explore.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Centro Museums and Galleries

Centro Museums and Galleries

Milan is not only the business and fashion center of Italy, it also a cultural center. The city of Milan offers numerous cultural activities, as well as countless art galleries and museums that exhibit some of the world's most famous and imposing artworks and artifacts. Most of these cultural centers are located in the very heart of Milan and within a pleasant walk.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km

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