See extraordinary optical illusion in the church of Santa Maria in Milan

Here you will see an optical illusion, conceived the brilliant architect of 600 years ago!


Useful services in Milan

See extraordinary optical illusion in the church of Santa Maria

#6 of 30 things to do in Milan
In a small church near Piazza Duomo you will see an unusual optical illusion, which was conceived by genius architect Donato Bramante, a friend of Leonardo da Vinci, approximately 600 years ago.

Inside the church is the altar with the image of the Madonna. Stand in front of it - and you will see how the columns of the apse (altar) go deep into a couple of meters, and the altar seems spacious and wide.

Now come close to the altar - and you will realize that it is completely flat! This amazing illusion was conceived by the architect - once he was forbidden to demolish the public house, in the place which he planned to offer a real altar, and Donato Bramante decided to use the reception using the illusion of perspective.

Where to do?

Church of Santa Maria in Milan
Church of Santa Maria#4 of 14 places to visit in Milan

This secret place near Piazza Duomo is an island of peace and tranquility amongst the hustle and bustling city.

Location: Via Torino, 17/19
Open hours: from 7:30 am to 7 pm

How much?

free entrance.


Guest22 July 2017

More things to do in Milan

Walk through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan
JimenaWalk through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II#13 of 30 things to do in Milan

Go shopping and visit the boutiques of world brands at the best passage of Italy.

How much: free#free#strollingGalleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Try gelato artigianale in Milan
Kateryna PlakhotnaTry gelato artigianale#12 of 30 things to do in Milan

Do not forget to visit gelateria in Milan and try an unusual variety of ice cream, which is prepared only here.

How much: from 2 euros#cuisineGrom Gelateria
Drink coffee in a Gucci Café in Milan
Alex LikeDrink coffee in a Gucci Café#11 of 30 things to do in Milan

Take a break from shopping and sit down with a cup of coffee in a Gucci Cafe, where everything breathes romance of fashion brand.

How much: from 5 euros#strolling#romantic#luxuryGucci Café
Watch football at the San Siro stadium in Milan
oddviserWatch football at the San Siro stadium#25 of 30 things to do in Milan

Even if you are not a true football fan, then you should still visit the football game here!

How much: from 200 euros#shows#gamblingSan Siro Stadium
Try panzerotti by Luini in Milan
Kateryna PlakhotnaTry panzerotti by Luini#10 of 30 things to do in Milan

The best panzerotti in Milan you can buy only by Luini, and you should try them - especially panzerotti with tomatoes and mozzarella.

How much: from 3 euros#cuisine#strollingLuini Panzerotti
Take a yacht ride in Milan
oddviserTake a yacht ride#30 of 30 things to do in Milan

Renting a yacht is an opportunity to uniquely relax, get a lot of vivid impressions and recharge your batteries for a whole year.

How much: from 3500 euros#strolling#romantic#luxuryMilan
Listen to opera at La Scala in Milan
Mickey CollinsListen to opera at La Scala#4 of 30 things to do in Milan

Visit one of the most famous opera houses in the world where the great operas premiered.

How much: from 25 euros#cultural#romantic#luxuryLa Scala theater
Try the cheese grana padano in Milan
Eugene KrasowskiTry the cheese grana padano#15 of 30 things to do in Milan

Try granular cheese, parmigiano competitor, that has unusual nutty aftertaste.

How much: from 6 euros#cuisine#souvenirsMilan
Try Gorgonzola in Milan
Eugene KrasowskiTry Gorgonzola#5 of 30 things to do in Milan

Become a real foodie and try Italian Gorgonzola blue cheese with mold, which gives it a distinctive tangy flavor.

How much: price unknown#cuisine#souvenirsMilan
Try Negroni Sbagliato cocktail in Milan
Чечель АлексейTry Negroni Sbagliato cocktail#24 of 30 things to do in Milan

Bubbly Negroni Sbagliato cocktail will be a good ending of the day in a fairy Milan.

How much: from 10 euros#cuisine#adultMilan
See Egyptian mummies in Milan
DarinaSee Egyptian mummies#7 of 30 things to do in Milan

Sforza Castle has the Museum of Egypt, which holds real mummies and sarcophagi, still able to scare even daredevils.

How much: from 5 euros#cultural#mysticSforza Castle
GuestShare an idea!

Have an adventure or entertainment idea that we don't have yet? Share your idea with other adventure-seekers!

Photo credit © http://en.wikipedia.org