Basilica di Santo Stefano Maggiore

Milan, Italy

Basilica di Santo Stefano Maggiore was established in the 5th century. Originally dedicated to both Saint Zechariah and Saint Stephen, it was later dedicated to Saint Stephen only. Throughout its history, has undergone several reconstructions, expansion and restoration.

The original church building was built around the year 417 on the initiative of the future bishop Martinianus. It was destroyed by fire in 1070 and it was rebuilt in romanesque style in 1075.

On 26 December 1476 it was the site of the assassination of Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza, who had come to the basilica for the celebration of the patron saint. On 30 September 1571 in Santo Stefano was baptized the painter Michelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio.

Since 1594 the church underwent a series of interventions, including enlargement of the apse and of the main altar in the early 17th century.

The church preserved the bodies of saints Martinianus, Ausanus and Mansuetus, archbishops of Milan, in 1988 translated to the Milan Cathedral. St. Charles Borromeo also translated here the bodies of saints Leo, Arsazius, Marinus, Mammes and Agapetus.



Your name


Founded: 1075
Category: Religious sites in Italy

More Information


4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Rider On Foot (3 months ago)
The Basilica of Santo Stefano Maggiore is an ancient church in Milan. Initially dedicated to the prophet San Zaccaria, it was then dedicated to Saint Stephen in the 10th century. In its history it has undergone numerous reconstruction, expansion and restoration interventions. It is also called Santo Stefano in Brolo (from the historical name of the area) or Santo Stefano alla Porta (in reference to the poster of Santo Stefano, which no longer exists).
Maria Ngo (8 months ago)
A very big and beautifully designed church with beautiful stained glass windows and paintings hung on chains along both sides of the nave as well as ornately decorated ceiling.
Kristýna Vacardová (10 months ago)
It's a fine church, but don't expect anything breathtaking. Needs to be restored. If you don't have enough time, it's probably okay to miss this one.
Aisha Ali (11 months ago)
Amazing so gothic and authentic I was shocked to see this church I’ve never seen anything like it so unique and a must go !!
Rodrigo d'Agosto (13 months ago)
The Basilica di Santo Stefano Maggiore is a true architectural gem. Its stunning design and rich history make it a must-visit attraction for history and art enthusiasts. The intricate details, beautiful artwork, and serene atmosphere create a sense of awe and reverence. Whether you're seeking spiritual solace or simply admiring the beauty of the basilica, it is a remarkable place that leaves a lasting impression.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Kakesbeck Castle

Kakesbeck is one of the largest medieval fortifications in Münsterland and the oldest castle in Lüdinghausen. The imposingly grown complex originated in 1120 as a motte, a small hilltop tower castle. After numerous changes of ownership, the castle was extended onto two islands, but it was not until the 14th century that it underwent significant alterations and extensions under the von Oer family. The estate experienced its heyday in the middle of the 18th century, when it covered an area of almost one square kilometre and consisted of five further outer castles in addition to the core castle, which were secured by ramparts and moats.

The well-maintained condition of the castle today is thanks to the late Wilfried Grewing, the former lord of the castle. The foundation named after him has been particularly committed to preserving the property since 2020.