The Basilica San Babila is located on the Piazza San Babila in the heart of Milan. It is built on top of a Roman sun temple, and has been rebuilt a number of times over the centuries. The first mention in history of any reconstruction of the church took place in the 9th century. The church was then expanded in the 16th century, when it was redone in the Baroque style. Additional work took place in the 19th and 20th centuries, resulting in the Neo-Romanesque design that you see today. The bell tower is actually the newest piece of the structure; it was built in 1920 when the 16th century structure crumbled to the ground. Many Milanese visit the church for the Madonna found in the right aisle of the church.
The church is very conveniently located in the city center, so cheap hotels near the Basilica San Bablia in Milan are plentiful. Of course, you don’t have to choose a budget hotel in Milan near the Basilica San Babila in order to visit the church. No matter where you stay in Milan, just take the M1 (linea 1) metro line to the San Bibila stop and you’re just a few steps away.
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