Santa Maria Delle Grazie is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a church, and a Dominican monastery in Milan, northern Italy. The Leonardo da Vinci fresco of The Last Supper, which is located in the convent's refectory, is shown in the church.
The Dominican monastery and church were built on the site of a former chapel honoring St. Mary of the Graces' Marian devotion by order of the Duke of Milan, Francesco I Sforza. Duke Ludovico Sforza erected the cloister and the apse, finished after 1490, to use the church as the Sforza family graveyard. In 1497, Beatrice, the wife of Ludovico, was laid to rest in the chapel.
How to explore Santa Maria Delle Grazie?
- Take a complete Santa Maria Delle Grazie tour that will last around three to four hours. During this tour, you will see every area of the building, including parts that are outdoors and near to the church.
- The numerous historical artifacts and records that date back more than 300–400 years will be displayed to you. Additionally, you will receive a thorough information presentation on the church's locations and history.
- If you are interested in learning more about Santa Maria Delle Grazie's entire existence and journey, get on a guided tour.
- The Last Supper, a well-known picture by Leonardo Da Vinci, is located in Santa Maria Delle Grazie. The image may be seen in a chamber inside the chapel and was created between 1495 and 1497. The tour walks you through The Last Supper's historical context and creation. It also lets you explore the different factual investigations and locations of the inspiration for this masterpiece.