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Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, Milan

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A hidden gem of the city, Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore is a fully frescoed Renaissance church noted for paintings by Bernardino Luini, an artist who worked closely with Leonardo da Vinci and became known for his graceful female figures with elongated eyes. The church was originally attached to the city’s most important female convent of the Benedictines, which now serves as an archaeological museum. These adjoining buildings were erected on pre-existing Roman foundations, with some of the ancient elements incorporated into the new structures. Construction began in 1503, with the complex divided into one section for the faithful, and one for the nuns. For nearly three centuries the nuns were forbidden to cross the dividing wall. Today, the complex is open daily for both worshippers and art enthusiasts. Add Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore and other attractions to your Milan trip itinerary using our Milan holiday planner.
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  • Splendid jewel of the sixteenth century. Milanese. Little known by most, especially the Milanese themselves! Nothing to envy to the most famous Sistine Chapel of Rome. A masterpiece by Bernardino Luini and his family. To visit absolutely! Admission is free thanks to the volunteers of the Italian Touring Club!
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  • Next door to the building with Leonardo's The Last Supper painting so if you arrive in good time for your 15min entry slot for viewing of painting then you can easily spend time viewing this interesti...  more »
  • If you are art lovers visiting Milan, a visit to this Renaissance jewel is one of the obligatory stops.
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  • This church is amazing. The hidden room behind is incredible. And the museum next door is worth seeing for the building alone, not to what is in it!
  • One of my favorite Milano churches. Such a surprise, a gem hidden in the city. We would have walked right by if we weren't watching closely! The paintings all over the walls and roof are absolutely breathtaking. Such a treat. Plus the extra back room with the beautiful organ. I highly recommend!
  • Amazing frescoes with every inch of the interior painted beautifully. A real gem
  • The interior and especially the back part of the church are one of the most beautiful in Milan! Enjoy the beautiful paintings representing the stories from the Bible and silence and relaxing atmosphere. Every first Sunday of the month, the entrance is free!
  • One of the very best churches in a city with so many contenders. It is also open in the afternoon which is a bonus.