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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  • This is one gorgeous small church. The interior is a feast to the eyes. The exterior is so humble and gray, and one would never guess that the interior is so rich in color. We kept wishing that there....  more
    This is one gorgeous small church. The interior is a feast to the eyes. The exterior is so humble and gray, and one would never guess that the interior is so rich in color. We kept wishing that there....  more »
  • This church is next to the archaeological museum and is included in the admission ticket - that said entrance is from the street and anyone can wander in without charge. The church is painted... 
    This church is next to the archaeological museum and is included in the admission ticket - that said entrance is from the street and anyone can wander in without charge. The church is painted...  more »
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  • This Benedictine monastery has the most beautiful church in the city of Milano. The murals decorated in the 16 th century with frescoes , cover walls and ceiling, the most important artwork in the church is the cycle of frescoes of the life of Saint Maurizio by Bernardino Lunini, an Adoration of the Magi by Antonio Campi and paintings by Giotto and Boticelli. Very unusual and most special religious temple
  • I started crying when I came to this church. It’s incredible beautiful ! And team are amazing: you are immediately greeted by a nice lady and talks about the church and the frescoes and then you are taken care of as a long-awaited guest ❤️

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