This morning I made the executive (read: boring, educational mom) decision to visit San Nazaro in Brolo, which is one of the churches St. Ambrose built in Milan. This one was started in 382 (nope, there's not a 1 missing there) on the main road to Rome.
One might see the facade and think it's not very exciting:but rest assured that isn't the real facade. It's the crypt of an important family that Bramantino (not his real name, but he was an understudy of Bramante) designed in 1512. So, the real facade is covered up.
I must say, though, that if I was going to have a crypt, I'd definitely want it to have a dome like this one:
Of course, the inside of the main basilica is lovely as well:
There's also some lovely artwork, but we didn't get any clear photos. Maybe next time.
One of our guidebooks mentioned that the back of the church was dramatic-looking. I'm not sure I'd describe it as dramatic, but it's probably just as interesting as the front:
And here's a completely unrelated bonus photo, this one of a nativity scene inside the church: