Santa Maria delle Grazie & The Last Supper

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The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie was begun in 1465 to a plan by Guiniforte Solari. Just two years after it was finished in the 1480s, Ludovico 'il Moro' Sforza commissioned architect Donato Bramante to turn the church into a family mausoleum in the new Renaissance style; this work was never completed. (Some experts doubt Bramante was involved in the project at all, or accord him only a minor, preliminary planning role.) So down came Solari's apse and up went a Renaissance tribune in its place. At the same time, the adjoining Dominican monastery was given the chiostrino (small cloister) and a new sacristy.

The monks ran an active branch of the Inquisition in their monastery from 1553 to 1778, and continued to endow their church with decorative elements. During Napoleon's suppression of religious congregations during the late 18th century, the complex was turned into barracks and a military warehouse. Control of the church was returned to the Dominican monks in 1905. In 1943, bombing destroyed the great cloister of the monastery but fortuitously spared the three walls of the refectory, including the one with Leonardo's Last Supper, and the chiostrino.

The terracotta façade of the church is in the best Lombard tradition; the portal is attributed to Bramante. Inside, Solari's Gothic leanings in the three-aisled nave clash with the fresco-covered arches and Bramante's more muscular, massive style. Standing out among works by leading local artists from the 15th to 17th centuries is an altarpiece (in the sixth chapel on the left) showing the Holy Family with St Catherine by 16th-century Venetian painter and student of Titian, Paris Bordone. The carved wooden choir stalls in the apse date from 1470. The gardens provide a welcome, relaxing atmosphere after the bustle and crowd in the piazza outside the church. During mass the cloisters can be reached through a door in via Caradosso 1 (same opening times as the church).


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Santa Maria delle Grazie & The Last Supper details

Address
Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie

Area Milan

Transport Metro Cadorna or Conciliazione/tram 16, 18.

Telephone 02 4676 1123

Santa Maria delle Grazie & The Last Supper website

Open 7am-noon, 3-7pm Mon-Sat; 7.30am- 12.15pm, 3.30-9pm Sun.

Admission free.

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By Musement - Apr 24 2014

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By Indiano - Jan 1 2014

@ciska ,,
What you never use your cards on the internet ?
Most of the banks use third party processors in Indian !
What is your point

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By Ciska - Jul 27 2013

I read the comment below by Ildiko. That is VERY shady indeed. How can I book tickets, online or in person when I get there (staying for 5 days) and be assured I will not be ripped off or my credit details will be used for fraud? Is this what Italy is like? Dishonesty everywhere you go??

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By Meesh - Feb 20 2011

Make sure you reserve before going as you can't book on the door and we missed out on seeing it!!!!

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By ildiko - Oct 28 2010

WARNING! WARNING!After having tried to book and buy tickets online, I have finally decided to reserve my tickets to L.S. by calling this number: 00390292800360.This is the call center which is listed here: http://www.vivaticket.it/evento.php?id_evento=298097&op=cenacoloVinciano and here (address I found in Time Out Milan) http://www.grazieop.it/.
Vivaticket is the only online dealer I found that offered tickets only and it was reasonably priced.Online reservation, however, never worked when I tried. There were no dates available. Since I only needed tickets and not packages (with extra books, city tours,etc. at an irreasonably high price) that other sites offer I decided to call the number above. I had already been trying to call them for 3 days in a row at different times, when they finally picked it up! When you call them on the phone, there are suddenly several time options for the visit. After selecting time and date, the lady informed me about the „options”: she can reserve the tickets for me but I have to pay on the instant OR she cannot reserve a ticket for me.I read everywhere that it is compulsory to reserve your tickets way ahead (at least 7 days before) your visit so i decided to have her book them for me – I was wondering though how the payment would take place through the phone.
Payment went like this: The lady asked for my credit card details. I was shocked, surprised and above all sceptical so first I refused the give them to her. Then she told me again what „options” I had: pay now or there will be no tickets reserved.I wanted the tickets, so I was fool enough to give her my data – but i was asking her: „how can I make sure that you will not use my data?” And I also asked if I was to first to ask this question. The lady on the phone was laughing at the other end of the line and she said everything would be fine.
She asked for my name, my credit card number, expiry date, and even the security code on the back of the card. Ironic, when got speechless at the last point, she kindly told me that where I can find that 3-digit number… nice, huh?? Then she told me the code for the reservation of which i recieved an e-mail as well from noreply@charta.it. (she also asked for my e-mail address).The whole purchase process went the way it would go when u sit in front of the computer and buy something online, but in this case, the lady took my data and typed in the system. I could have done that for myself. Apparently there is a booking system behind this phone center, so why do they need it? It is extra, superflous human resource and there would absolutely be no need for this phone center. Weird, right?
So why am I telling you this story? Because today someone used my credit card data to purchase online on site i have never heard of.
Was I a fool? Yes. But I felt that I had no other options. It is terribly sad, and I am being polite now, that such a tourist attraction and sacred location can operate like this. Very shady.

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By Rich - Oct 5 2010

Best bet is to buy a half day tour through Zenni and they will take you there. Just came back from viewing it through mini tour company. Otherwise on line and it's almost impossible to get through since only a small group of people every 15 minutes may enter.

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By Ralitsa - Sep 24 2010

Dear Sirs,
Is there a special reservation for visiting "The last Supper" in Santa Maria delle Grazie and how could i book a ticket for it? Thanks in advance!

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