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. To visit Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore and other attractions in Milan, use our Milan trip itinerary builder tool.
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  • I’m not sure how much it was a matter of restoration, but this church has the most beautiful frescoes. I’m also not sure how much the church was used between the Ancient Roman period and the... 
    I’m not sure how much it was a matter of restoration, but this church has the most beautiful frescoes. I’m also not sure how much the church was used between the Ancient Roman period and the...  more »
  • The church is next to the Archaeological Museum. There are very high marks here, I visited her and I don't know why. 
    The church is next to the Archaeological Museum. There are very high marks here, I visited her and I don't know why.  more »
  • Wow, what a beautiful small church. More of a chapel I would say. Amazing paintings on the walls and ceilings. This is a must to visit 
    Wow, what a beautiful small church. More of a chapel I would say. Amazing paintings on the walls and ceilings. This is a must to visit  more »
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  • I want to be nice here because it’s free. But the frescoes really have no artistic merit. Its like work done by the local high school art teacher, not Michaelangelo. I have to smile grimly st the reviewer who thought this was on power with the Sistine Chapel.
  • Amazing and unbelievable beautiful! A big surprise in Milan. Worth the visit for sure! It's free but I would pay a ticket to see it, no doubt!
  • We were so well received by a lady that it made our day in Milan a wonderful experience as she indicated other churches to go. Beautiful energy.
  • You cannot come in Milan (IT) without see this wonderful and old church! Full of important paintings of the XVI century. It's very near to another place you must visit: the archeological museum of the City.
  • Fantastic church with wonderful intricate paintwork. Staff were lovely and very keen to share facts about the church.

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