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The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie or Saint Mary of the Graces is best known for housing Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece The Last Supper in its Dominican convent. The complex commissioned by the Duke of Milan Fracesco I Sforza is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a highlight of any trip to Milan.

Built to designs by Guiniforte Solari starting in 1463, and later modified by Donato Bramante, the red and cream terracotta brick structure stands as a good example of Renaissance and Gothic architecture in Milan. The unique tiburio (dome) has a 16-sided polygonal base with 32 arched bays, tapering towards a crowning lantern, and stands out distinctly higher than the façade of the apse. The Gothic interiors have frescoes by Gaudenzio Ferrari, Bernardo Zenale, and Bramantino.

Heavily bombarded during World War II by the Allies, much of the refectory was destroyed, but The Last Supper survived due to sand-bagging. The original cloisters were also completely destroyed.

The tranquil Chiostro delle rane (cloister of the frogs) leads to the Bramante Sacristy which displays extracts from the Codex Atlanticus, the comprehensive 12-volume set of original sketches, drawings and writings by Leonardo da Vinci which offer a peek into the mind of the genius. The other half of the collection is on display at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana. Also of note is the blue painted sky in the vault of the Sacristy, studded with golden stars.

Santa Maria delle Grazie and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II(1.5 km)
The mother of all shopping malls: upscale shops in a splendid 19th century palace of a mall, with a stunning mosaic floor, and wonderful glass roof and cupola.

The Last Supper

The Last Supper(0 km)
Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece The Last Supper (Il Cenacolo) is housed in the refectory of the Dominican convent of the Santa Maria delle Grazie, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Via Manzoni

Via Manzoni(1.7 km)
Impressive refined-air street lined with aristocratic apartment blocks and opulent churches.

The Duomo

The Duomo(1.4 km)
Milan's main cathedral, a massive late Gothic church (started in 1386) in white marble, with hundreds of spires and thousands of statues on its exterior and a famous façade.

Teatro alla Scala

Teatro alla Scala(1.5 km)

Via Dante

Via Dante(1 km)
One of the grandest and most frequented fashionable high streets in Milan.

Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore

Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore(0.6 km)
A must-see! A stunning fully frescoed Renaissance church.


Prada(1.5 km)
One of Prada's several boutiques in the city, the one in the Galleria is the closest to the Duomo and the central square.

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