SAN MAURIZIO AND THE ROMAN REMAINS
Personalized visits for small groups
Built in 1503, on the ruins of an early Christian worship site, this was the church of the former Monastero Maggiore (Major Monastery), which hosted cloistered Benedictine nuns who could not come into contact with the public. Hailed as the most important, largest and oldest monastery of the city, the current building has been dubbed the “Milan Sistine Chapel”, since its walls are entirely frescoed by the greatest Lombard Renaissance painters, such as Antonio Campi, Simone Peterzano, Bernardino Luini and his two sons Aurelio and Giovan Piero Luini, Callisto Piazza, Ottavio Semino, and Giovanni Boltraffio. The church with just one nave, has some lateral chapels and a gallery, with a dividing wall that separates the front section, which is open to the faithful, from the rear section, where in the 16th century the cloistered nuns followed the mass, played the organ and sang holy choirs during the rites and celebrations. The remarkable organ is still in function today.
Civic Archaeological Museum of Milan Located inside the former convent of the Monastery, the museum showcases the first thousand years of Milan’s history and artistic production, from 5th century BC to 5th century AD. Among them there are prestigious items from the imperial court used for ornamental purposes.It is currently possible to visit the Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Barbaric and Gandhara sections. Some rooms have medieval frescoes on the walls. At the entrance there is an interesting large wooden model representing the imperial Milan.
The polygonal tower and the walls The tour includes the remains of a section of the Roman walls dating back to the end of the 3rd – beginning of the 4th century AD and a twenty-four-sided polygonal tower, decorated with frescoes from the late 13th-early 14th century, when the tower was used as a chapel. The tower also houses the installation “Il Dormiente” (The Sleeper) donated to the Municipality by the prestigious artist Mimmo Paladino.
The Circus Tower In the late imperial period, the area housed the city’s circus, built in the 4th century AD at the behest of the Emperor Maximian. The Circus tower is a rare testimony of a structure used as a carceres, the gates from which the two-horse chariots departed. The structure survived thanks to its subsequent use as the monastery’s bell tower.
- a tour description by an expert
What’s not included
- Transport to reach the meeting point.
- Foods and beverages unless otherwise specified.
- Tips (optional).
- Personal extras
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Meeting 30 minutes inside the cosy little cloister at the Archaeologica Museum's entrance