This church is of prime importance to Milan because it was founded by, and is dedicated to, Ambrose, the Ancient Roman-born citizen who was elected bishop of the city by popular acclaim, in 374 A.D, and now is the patron of Milan .
It is built on an area that during Ancient Roman persecution of Christians, had been used to bury many martyrs. Today, the structure is basically Romanesque, 11th-12th century.
|The artworks include a Palaeochristian mosaic in the apse, restored after extensive war damage, and the altar in gold with precious stones, dating to about 850 A.D.|
In the crypt, there are the bodies of Ambrose and two other saints put to death by the Romans and exhumed by Ambrose.
|The cloisters by Bramante|
Two lovely cloisters by Renaissance architect Bramante are now part of the Università Cattolica.
|Numerous marble bas-reliefs|