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.

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Founded: 1075
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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PlamoGuy (12 months ago)
Old Renaissance church but the pace is too fast. Can't enjoy the scenic view.
Tony Newland (2 years ago)
I enjoyed the church but my wife was creeped out by it. Up to the individual's taste.
Jalee Lee (2 years ago)
It is definitely one of the hidden gems Milan possesses. I was absolutely stunned by the beauty of the paintings and works of art in the church. It is literally right next to the Santuario Di S. Bernardino Alle Ossa, so please go take a look!! I can't believe how little reviews this beautiful church has on Google map :)
Yotam Avital (2 years ago)
It's interesting, should take about 20 minutes
Yotam Avital (2 years ago)
It's interesting, should take about 20 minutes
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