Bell tower“dei apsecanonici”1128 Bell tower of the Monks 800
Scheda-reference style: Lumbardy Romanesque- beginning of present building:1080-replaces: the paleochristian basilicaMartyrum founded by Ambrogio (400 d.C.circa);-materials: brickwork and plasteredmasonry , stone for the pilasters andarches only-bell tower: bell tower of the monks 800;-altar, ciborium and apses: from IX to Xcentury-bell tower: bell tower “dei canonici” 1128;-three aisles basilica, without transept,with vaults-span ;-arcaded atrium follows the inner plan ofthe nave and aisles, also used for citymeetings, the widest in Europe;-entrances: three portals to enter thechurch; the main one has a splay with aclassical decoring of leaves and fightinganimals, symbolizing the struggle betweengood and evil.
The central navecharacterized bycross vaults andhighlighted ribs
The bronze snakeThe archibishop Arnolfo II da Arsago, around year 1000,brought a bronze snake to Milan from one of his journeys. Itis still in the basilica of santAmbrogio, on a column on the leftside of the central nave.
The ambone, in the left aisleThe case is substained by 9 columns whichsurround a IV century coffin , the so-calledStilicone’s coffin
Detail of Stilicone’s coffinIt was carved in the second half of IV century. In the middle of thecarving you can see Christ on the throne closing the Bible in his hand.
On the front side of the case there are two golded copper relieves, symbols of Saint Matthew and Saint John.Saint Matthew Saint John
On the left corner an eagle catches an animal, maybe a hare, symbol of lust. telamone: human figure which substains an architectural element