Art at Site		Vuolvinio	Altare



Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio,
L'altare di Sant'Ambrogio è l'altare principale della basilica di Sant'Ambrogio a Milano. L'altare è fulcro della ristrutturazione che il vescovo franco Angilberto II compie in Sant'Ambrogio . L'antica basilica, con il suo patrimonio di reliquie, è il luogo in cui si manifesta il programma politico e religioso che guida la riorganizzazione della città e del territorio da parte del vescovo, rappresentate del potere carolingio. La basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, il cui nome completo è basilica romana minore collegiata abbaziale prepositurale di Sant'Ambrogio[1], è una delle più antiche chiese di Milano e si trova in Piazza Sant'Ambrogio. Essa rappresenta ad oggi non solo un monumento dell'epoca paleocristiana e medioevale, ma anche un punto fondamentale della storia milanese e della chiesa ambrosiana. Essa è tradizionalmente considerata la seconda chiesa per importanza della città di Milano.
The altar of St. Ambrose is the main altar of the basilica of Sant'Ambrogio in Milan. The altar is the fulcrum of the restructuring that the Bishop franco Angilberto II performs in Sant'Ambrogio. The ancient basilica, with its heritage of relics, is the place where the political and religious program that guides the reorganization of the city and of the territory by the Bishop, represented the Carolingian power. The basilica of Sant'Ambrogio, whose full name is the Roman basilica minore Basilica prepositurale of St. Ambrogio Abbey [1], is one of the oldest churches in Milan and is located in Piazza Sant'Ambrogio. It is not only a monument of early Christian and medieval era, but also a fundamental point of the milanese and history of Ambrosian Church. It is traditionally considered to be the second most important Church of the city of Milan.
St. Ambrose is the patron saint of Milan. He is an “awkward and unexpected” saint, as Dario Fo defines him in his work “Sant’Ambrogio e l’invenzione di Milano“. Our professional guides have studied in depth to try and convey as best as possible the character of the bishop closest to the hearts of the Milanese, pious and spiritual, but also a man of contradictions. During the guided tour, we will learn about the Basilica and its important history stretching back more than a thousand years. Besides, it is hardly surprising that this basilica is the second symbol of Milan after the Duomo and it is one of the finest examples of Lombard Romanesque architecture and the destination of other cultural itineraries we offer, such as the highly appreciated Paleo-Christian Milan. The basilica has two treasures: the altar by Vuolvinio and the Sacello di San Vittore. Our qualified tourist guide will welcome you under the typical gabled façade. From here the guided tour will lead you through the splendid treasures of the Basilica; we will then go to visit the portico, with the two bell towers, and the interior, with the naves, the choir and the splendid golden altar by Vuolvinio. It will not be difficult to plunge into the legends and hidden mysteries that impregnate every stone of this ancient and enchanting place.