San Simpliciano


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One of the oldest churches in the city, San Simpliciano was founded in the fourth century by St Ambrose (and dedicated to his successor), and finished in 401. The original church was called the Basilica Virginum, and had a porticoed structure where penitent parishioners and neophytes attended mass. The present façade was added in 1870 by Carlo Maciachini in his favoured neo-Gothic style, and the central entrance was reconstructed in the 11th and 12th centuries. The apse decoration, The Coronation of the Virgin, is by Leonardo da Vinci's disciple, Il Bergognone.

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San Simpliciano details

Piazza San Simpliciano 7

Area Milan

Transport Metro Lanza/bus 43, 61, 94/tram 3, 7, 12, 14 .

Telephone 02 862 274

Open 7.30am-12.30pm, 4-7pm daily.

Admission free.

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