The San Vittore al Corpo Basilica is a church in Milan. It was constructed to house the bodies of two saints. The adjacent monastery has been converted into a museum of science and technology.
San Vittore al Corpo Basilica Milan
Address, opening times and admission
Address: Via San Vittore , 25 – 20123 Milan (tel. +39 0248005351). Metro: Sant’Ambrogio. Opening hours: From 07:30 to 12:00 and from 15:30 to 18:00; Wednesday and Friday 07:30 to 12:00; Sundays and holidays 08:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 19:00. July and August open for religious events only. Visits by appointment only. Entrance fee: Free of charge. Not accessible for disabled people.
History and description
The first version of the basilica probably dates back to the 4th century. This version was replaced by a larger church as early as the 7th century, in order to house the mortal remains of the Saints Vittore and Satiro from the San Vittore in Ciel d’Oro Church.
After the year 1000, a monastery was added to the basilica. Both this monastery and the church itself were completely rebuilt in the 16th century by the Order of Olivetans. This order had taken over the church when there were only two Benedictine monks left. The architect of the project was Vincenzo Seregni.
The interior of the church has not changed since the 16th century.
Ruins of an imperial mausoleum have been found underneath the church. These were excavated between between 1950 and 1977.
The convent has been converted into the Museum of Science and Technology.
What to see
The wooden choir.
The baroque Cappella Arese dates back to 1669.