The Amazing Church of MilanThe Church of Saint Maurice al Monastero Maggiore (Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore) is a 16th-century royal chapel and one of the most prominent landmarks of the city of Milan. Many see it as the hidden jewel of the city's crown. Even if the church is not impressive or special on the outside, when you enter it, you can understand why many here call it "the Sistine Chapel of Milan."
This church is breathtaking. The interior of the church is filled with frescoes, especially spectacular murals, painted by the artist Bernardino Luini, a painter who worked with Leonardo da Vinci. In many of the frescoes, Luini commemorated Ippolita Sforza and other donors who gave money for designing the chapel.
The heart-wrenching part is hidden from view. If you enter through a small door on the left side of the altar, you will come to an isolated hall where martyrs are shown, carrying their agonies in peace. Two of the sanctities are beautiful and Christian girls, who became holy, after being tortured because they refused to give themselves to the pagan Romans. They saw the beautiful-eyed Santa Lucia, whose eyes had been pierced because she had converted to Christianity, holding her lost eyes calmly. Beside her is a painting by St. Agatha, whose breasts were cut down by pagans and she carries them on a platter.
Originally the church was built on the remains of the Roman ancient city circus. It is built in the Renaissance style and is now managed by monks from a Christian religious order. Many consider it a mandatory site in Milan and they are not mistaken. This is one of the most beautiful sites in the city. If you have the chance to attend the church choir performance, you will enjoy your visit here even more and you will have one of your most special experiences in Milan.
TipsEntrance is free for visitors without a guide.