Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore

Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore

Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore
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09:00 - 19:30
Tuesday
09:00 - 19:30
Wednesday
09:00 - 19:30
Thursday
09:00 - 22:30
Friday
09:00 - 19:30
Saturday
09:00 - 19:30
Sunday
09:00 - 19:30
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Neighbourhood: Centro Storico
The pulsating core of Milan is in Centro. Duomo Square is enclosed by the gothic cathedral, the historic icon of Milan. However, shopping is what draws most crowds to this area. The classy and versatile Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with luxury boutiques and high quality restaurants will turn any shopping or lunch expedition into a royal experience. Head to the rooftop of the flagship La Rinascente to enjoy the view of the animated square with a panorama of the Duomo. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the street for high-end shopping. Brands of all kinds and street artists attract the attention of all visitors; while at Via Santa Radegonda 16, Luini Panzerotti is a much appreciated street food shop providing unimaginable culinary experiences. If shopping takes its toll on you, consider visiting Castello Sforzesco, a 15th century castle housing several museums. Those looking to relax can go to Parco Sempione, where nature provides respite from the energy of this dynamic and international city.
How to get there
  • Cadorna • 4 min walk
  • Cairoli • 5 min walk
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ANGELO V
Milan, Italy2,394 contributions
Dec 2022
The church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore was originally attached to the most important female convent of the Benedictines in the city, Monastero Maggiore. It was founded in Lombard times, partially re-using ancient Roman edifices, and it is documented starting from the 8th-9th century. The church was completely rebuilt at the beginning of the 16th century and it was divided into two parts: one for the faithful, one for the nuns.

The façade of the church is rather plain, in grey stone. The interior is stunningly beautiful, with frescoes depicting the Life of San Maurizio by Bernardino Luini (on the dividing wall), an altarpiece with an Adoration of the Magi by Antonio Campi, the chapels in the faithful's area by Aurelio Luini, son of Bernardino, and his brothers. The hall of the nuns is also completely painted, again with works by Bernardino Luini and others.

An organ is present in the hall of the nuns, dating from 1554, entirely by mechanical transmission.
Written 30 December 2022
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JRMADA
United States3,254 contributions
Nov 2022
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 was another door to lead us to more of this church. It was hard to leave. Entry is free of charge. Don’t miss the opportunity to be pleasantly surprised by this place. A true hidden gem…
Written 1 November 2022
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David B
El Barco de Avila, Spain567 contributions
Oct 2022
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 throughout and is a magnificent visit.
Written 10 October 2022
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ElTouristo61
New York City, NY2,735 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
The inside of Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore in Milan’s central district is FAR better than the Duomo and that’s reason enough to visit this hidden gem. There are literally hundreds of cathedrals in Milan, and while none rival the Duomo’s exterior, a walk through Chiesa di San Maurizio will convince you this is a much grander and thought provoking interior. The Hall of the Nuns (this church used to be attached to an important female convent of Benedictines), is quite spectacular. It doesn’t take long to visit the church and is WELL worth your time.
Written 5 October 2022
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Hugo W
London, UK372 contributions
Sep 2022
This is a fantastic place to visit. You will never cease to be amazed, the Church is full of paintings in every room, walls and ceilings. Has to be seen to believe!
Written 25 September 2022
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Jozef O
Brussels, Belgium177 contributions
Jul 2022
We decided to take a look since we were in the neighborhood. It is very beautiful and well worth a visit.
Written 22 August 2022
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aswartzl
Marietta, GA117 contributions
May 2022
Amazing and beautiful! The various vignettes are absolutely stunning. Don't miss the 2nd room behind the main sanctuary. There is no fee to visit.
Written 11 July 2022
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GEDLosAngeles_CA
Los Angeles, CA465 contributions
Jun 2022
How shall I put this? One of the great Romanesque churches in the world.

Just as Sainte Chapelle in Paris is the epitome of the gothic style, the Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monstero Maggiore is, in my opinion, the epitome of the romanesque style. The gothic style architecture was developed to let more light into the church (or cathedral) and provide for picturesque stained glass windows, perhaps because the Romanesque style before it was kind of dark.
Written 7 July 2022
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Irene T
Epsom, UK37 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
What a beautiful church and it is free and no barriers to stop you from getting close to the paintings on the wall. You must visit this church if you are going to Milan. It is located between cathedral and the last supper building. You must visit.
Written 26 June 2022
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Peter H
Fredericksburg, VA784 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
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 Renaissance period. Part of the ancient Hippodrome is now the bell tower?

It’s all about the frescoes, though!
The frescoes are so very bright, glossy, and very colorful. It’s as if the frescoes were just painted yesterday. My personal favorite fresco is of the scene of Jesus getting arrested and, in the lower right, Peter is holding a knife, and on top of a guard. (Malchus). I made the comment that the scene right after this one was more relevant, to me.

Sidenote:
(In Luke 22:49-51, Jesus performs the miracle of the reattachment of the soldier’s (Malchus’) ear. That would seem, to me, the equivalent of, love thy enemy?).

The frescoes in this church are very powerful and this church is a must see.
Written 28 May 2022
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