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Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore

Foto Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore -  Churches / Religious buildings
Foto Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore -  Churches / Religious buildings
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Milan - Churches / Religious buildings: Church of San Maurizio al Monastero MaggioreMostly represented styles: Renaissance

From the outside the church is rather inconspicuous, but inside it is completely covered with beautiful frescoes of the sixteenth century.
For this it is often called the "Sistine Chapel of Milan."
It was once part of an ancient monastery, suppressed at the end of 700.
Note that the church is divided into two rooms, with the larger one (the "Sala delle Monache", Rooms of the Nons) placed behind the first and reachable through a small hardly visible side passage.

The Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore is divided into two rooms, with the larger one (the "Nuns' Room") placed behind the first one and accessible through a small side passage almost invisible. Nuns could not in any way beyond the dividing wall (the doors of communication between the two roos were opened only after the suppression of the convent in the nineteenth century.) They could watch the unfolding of the function, which was celebrated in the first room through a large grate which sits above the altar.

The massive fresco decoration of the Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore were begun in the second decade of the sixteenth century. The frescoes of the side chapels were built during the sixteenth century. Most of them, along with the organ, were created in 1555, probably in adaptation to the dictates of the Council of Trent. Among the painters involved in the painting of the frescos there were Bernardino Luini and his sons.
The last new interventions have provided valuable information, in particular that the landscapes contained in some lateral compartments of the nuns' room were made at just the beginning of the twentieth century.

Worthy of note, finally, the fact that the bell tower originally belonged to the Roman circus. It is therefore 1700 years old!


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Corso Magenta, 15, Milano