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“Best attraction in Milan”

Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore
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Milan Renaissance Treasures and The Last Supper
Ranked #2 of 808 things to do in Milan
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Saint Albans, England, United Kingdom
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“Best attraction in Milan”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Other than La Ultima Cena (which you need to pay for and book a lot in advance), this was my favourite thing in Milan. The artwork of the frescoes was unbelievable. I spent almost 2 hours just staring up at the ceilings, and deciphering the stories behind paintings. As a non-Christian person, I was able to recognise more than half of the stories from the Bible just through the wonderfully executed artwork.

The one thing I really loved about this church were the depictions of God in two of the ceiling sections. It is extremely rare (I have found) to see God represented in places of worship, and it was very interesting for me. I was also fascinated at the tiny sections in the wall through which the nuns were required to observe the ceremonies occurring in the public side of the church.

Considering it is free to enter, I left a donation in the box that I felt I would have been happy paying just to enter.

If you have only 1 day in Milan, this needs to be on your list!

Visited June 2013
4 Thank TazG303
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Los Angeles, California
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“beautiful frescoes!”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

We greatly enjoyed our visit to this beautiful 16th century Baroque style church. The frescoes are well preserved and depict various Biblical scenes including the ascension, Stephen's martyrdom, Moses and the Ten Commandments, and Noah's Ark. Admission is free so there really is no excuse to miss this beautiful place! Make sure you pass through the small door on your left once you enter. That will lead you to the back of the church (which used to be a convent) where you can enjoy more of the lovely frescoes. The church is open from 9:30-5:30 daily.

Visited June 2013
4 Thank sdmorrison
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Bromley, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“don't miss”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Put this at the top of your to visit list and be prepared to spend some time here - we nearly walked past it - worth every minute spent here learning about its history

Visited June 2013
3 Thank juliatk168
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Kelso, Scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
“Lovely wall paintings”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

Worth a 30min stop to see the wall paintings that adorn this church. Also good to combine with visit to the archaeological museum next door.

Visited May 2013
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Bueckeburg, Germany
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17 reviews
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“Warm welcome and beautiful paintings”
Reviewed May 27, 2013 via mobile

We were immediately greeted by a friendly elderly gentleman who explained to us that we had to go through the side door to reach the back of the church. This area used to be strictly off-limits to the public as it was home to Benedictine nuns. The images of Noah's Ark and the Garden of Eden were particular highlights. Best of all entry is free of charge.

2 Thank Michael W
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