Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore

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Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore

Translated by Lottie Davies — 2 years ago

Original text by Maika Cano Martínez

This church is located in Milan city centre, around 15 minutes from the Duomo Cathedral and about 10 minutes away from the Sforza Castle and the Simplon Park.

I wanted to talk to you about this church because it is very famous in Milan for its interior. In fact, it ranks in second position of the best attractions in the city on TripAdvisor, and its for this reason that I marked it down as a “must see” whilst visiting.


The church’s facade is nothing out of this world; I would even go as far to say that it’s ugly for how uninspiring it is. When we arrived here, we didn’t think that this was the church that we were looking for.

Upon entering the church, the walls have quite an impact on you because they are full of paintings, some of which are framed and others that were done directly onto the wall itself. The images that they depict are religious, but there are so many of them that I didn’t focus on a specific one.

It’s not personally one of my favourite visits, but I can understand why other people love it. I have to say that it disappointed me somewhat… I guess that I had high expectations for it given that it’s one of the most visited churches in Milan and from what it looked in photos. I think that it was for the facade that I was left with a bad first impression, as well as for the small size of the reception room upon entering. I understand that the walls being full of images is something artistic and impressive, but there was something about the room that just overwhelmed me, and not in a good way. Just after we entered the church, a man approached us and spoke to us in Italian, but we didn’t understand anything, so we didn’t know whether we had to pay for anything or not, so that’s why we didn’t take any photos in the end.


You can get to the church from the city centre either on foot or via the city’s metro system. The closest metro stations aren’t right next to it, but around a five minute walk away, and they are “Cordusio” and “Cairoli Castello”, both of which are on line 1.

There are several other churches near this one that are more famous, but, at least in my opinion, it wasn’t worth visiting this part of the city.


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