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San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, Milan

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.9/5 based on 2,400+ reviews on the web
A hidden gem of the city, 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 San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore and other attractions to your Milan trip itinerary using our Milan holiday planner.
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  • Is the miracle in Milan. Little known, is a jewel of 16th-century milanese. Is a must for those staying a few days in Milan.
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  • S Maurizio is not famous for the external features of the building, but what is inside is amazing. The restoration of the paintings and frescoes lasted 30 years but it is was worth the effort and the ...  read more »
  • It is one of the churches, in my opinion, the most beautiful of Milan. I was to head up all the time of the visit. A wonder!!!
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  • 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!
  • Of all the churches in Milan this has to be one of the most surprising and elegant. Amazing artwork all over. Plus linked to the archaeological museum, really worthwhile.
  • Barely noticeable along a busy street, you will remain wordless after discovering the amazing frescos hidden inside, mostly painted by Leonardo's most talented student. Dont forget the back of the church, accessible from the main church hall through a small dark passage. A real hidden treasure.
  • A hidden gem. Breathtaking frescoes and serenity within the hustle of metropolitan Milan. Free entry is just a cherry on top.
  • Da vincis best student Bernardino Luini are truly spectacular and noteworthy
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