The Basilica that Survived Everything for 1,600 YearsThe Basilica of San Lorenzo (San Lorenzo Maggiore) is one of the biggest and oldest churches in the city of Milan. Thanks to its exceptional architecture, this church attracts many tourists in Milan. This church is particularly impressive – from the tall and impressive Baroque dome of the church to the columns in front of it, which have become a real symbol.
These great Roman columns were named "Columns of San Lorenzo." These are the remains of the original church that existed here, a church from the 3rd century AD.
The basilica was built at about 400 AD. Over the years it has been hit several times, from fires and earthquakes. In the 16th century, it was restored while preserving the original Byzantine structure. The church has a selection of frescoes and mosaics, depicting stories from the New Testament, from the path of Jesus.
The basilica has 4 turrets that can be viewed from all over the city. From there you will see the steps and the park outside the church, where many of the city's tourists and city visitors come to sit.
TipsThe opening hours of the church are: Sunday - 9:00 am - 7:00 pm. Monday-Saturday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm.
Around the basilica there are quite a few cafes, restaurants and good bars.