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Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, Milan

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Architectural Building Religious Site
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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TripAdvisor
  • This was so historic, and although the heat was starting to get to me, and it was the day we arrived, it was well worth it  more »
  • Thanks to Trip Advisor we were aware of this attraction and paid a visit. It was easy to find and obvious upon arrival. The whole building is very impressive, the frescoes being particularly so. We we...  more »
  • I read the rave reviews about San Maurizio on Trip Advisor and decided to stop in close to the end of my wk. in Milan after lots of other sightseeing. It ended up being one of the highlights of my tri...  more »
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  • What a gem of a place! Free entrance (as it should be for churches) and not crowded at all. The whole church is a piece of art inside. Stroll around and enjoy it all at your own pace.
  • Incredible. Such a unique expression of faith. Elegant and refined, a space that feels personal and humble despite the heavy decoration. A very interesting history too
  • This is such a beautiful church! Do not just stay in the front room. Go through the lille hall on the side and access the back room. The back room is absolutely breathtaking. The ceiling paintings have such vibrant colours!!!!
  • The back side is completely unexpected because it's a plus where the nuns used to sing without showing their faces to the religious mass. A wall divide the Church in two parts. The particularity is that this church was a female monastery from the Benedectine.
  • a beautiful church. the artwork inside is truly stunning. lots of intricate details to look at.