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San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore

A royal chapel built in the 16th Century, with stunning frescos that often go missed by tourists.

TravelCurious Tip

The church is used every Sunday from October to June to celebrate in the Byzantine Rite, in Greek - head along for something a little different!

San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore was built on ancient Roman edifices, including part of a Hippodrome, and was consecrated in 1518. It was once attached to a female convent of the Benedictines, Monastero Maggiore, which is now used as an archaeological museum. Until 1794 the nuns were strictly forbidden to cross the dividing wall — they even had their own section of the church.


The rather plain and austere grey Ornavasso stone of the church’s façade contrasts dramatically with its stunning interior. The walls and the chapels are totally covered in frescoes which were added between 1510 to 1578. When they ran out of room they just started painting new frescoes on top of the old ones. It’s almost an overdose of colour and beauty — Milan’s version of the Sistine Chapel.


A Family Affair

The most famous frescoes are attributed to Bernardino Luini, a student of Leonard da Vinci. His works on either side of the partition wall are considered among the finest in Milan. But he wasn’t the only Luini to get involved: his brother Aurelio painted the Adoration of the Magi and his sons also decorated the Bergamina chapel.

Nearby Attractions

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The Theatre la Scala
An iconic theatre built in 1778 which has consistently held the most famous opera and ballet performances.
Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie
This Dominican convent is a world heritage site which contains the mural of Da Vinci's "The Last Supper".
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
One of the world's oldest shopping malls, this vast emporium is known locally as "Milan's drawing room".
Piazza Mercanti
"Merchants square" is former epicentre of the city where swords, hats and suits of armour were once sold.
Sforza Castle
The ruling Sforza dynasty's residence for centuries, now holding some of Milan's most important artistic work.
Da Vinci's The Last Supper
Da Vinci's iconic mural depicts the moment Jesus realises that he will be betrayed by one of his disciples.

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Travel Curious Tip: Remember to purchase postcards in the gallery gift shops to send home to family and friends!

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