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San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, Milan
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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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  • If you are just passing by this church because of its simple facade, you are making a big mistake. The frescoes inside are no less in artistic quality as any masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance. G...  more »
  • Absolutely worth visiting. You remain speechless. is one of the most beautiful churches of Milan. It is a short walk from the Center and you can walk from the duomo
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  • Linda Church inside! Free entrance and volunteers inside her ready to give you a tour in major works. Simply unmissable!
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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.