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Santa Maria delle Grazie
Milan, Italy

Santa Maria delle Grazie ("Holy Mary of Grace") is a church and Dominican convent in Milan, included in the UNESCO World Heritage sites list. The church contains the mural of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, which is in the refectory (room for communal meals) of the convent.

The complex, including the Church and Convent, was built from 1463 onwards by Guiniforte Solari, and was afterwards considerably modified at the end of 15th century by Bramante, one of the masters of the Renaissance. Bramante structurally enlarged the church and added large semi-circular apses, a wonderful drum-shaped dome surrounded by columns, and a spectacular cloister and refectory.

- UNESCO World Heritage Center: Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci  (online April 2016)

Renaissance style exterior ... Built 1463-69  ... Guiniforte Solari, architect ... Duke of Milan Francesco I Sforza ordered the project

Lantern ... Arcade

"Laus Deo" = Praise be to God ... Bead-and-reel molding near top ... Egg-and-dart molding over the frieze

Cloister - a covered walk in a convent, monastery, college, or cathedral, typically with a wall on one side and a colonnade open to a quadrangle on the other

Roman Corinthian capital and partial shaft

Mostly  Gothic interior

Romanesque rounded arches ...   Gothic pointed arches ... Groin vault

Marble balustrade

Photos and their arrangement 2016 Chuck LaChiusa
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