Santa Maria Delle Grazie Last Supper, Milan

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    Leonardo da Vinci’s the Last Supper

    by MalenaN Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Leonardo da Vinci’s the Last Supper was painted in the refectory of the church Santa Maria delle Grazie. To see the painting you should book a ticket in advanced. This could be done on line, but when I wanted to book a ticket a few weeks before my visit there were no tickets left for the whole of February. Luckily I had read on the VT-forum that you could get a ticket at the ticket office when not all people turn up. Tour companies for example buy a lot of tickets but not always sell out their tours.

    I came to Santa Maria dellle Grazie in the morning and was told I could get a ticket with entrance after 25 minutes. The ticket was 6.50 Euro (February 2009). To protect the painting only a group of maximum 25 people are allowed in at a time and each group can stay 15 minutes.

    I had no expectations when entering the room, but was overwhelmed. The painting is impressive and the light just right. The painting is painted from corner to corner over a door on the north wall of the refectory. It is like the room continues into the painting. On the opposite wall there is a large painting, the Crucifixion, painted by Donato Montorfano in 1495. Everyone in the group was quiet for the 15 minutes the visit lasted.

    The Last Supper was painted by Leonardo da Vinci between 1495 - 97. In 1943 the refectory was damaged by bombings, but luckily the Last Supper was saved because the wall had been sandbagged. Today the painting and the church is on UNESCOs World Heritage List.

    Opening hours: 8.00 - 19.30. Closed on Mondays.

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    last supper

    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    leonardo da vinci's famous painting "the last supper" is located in the renaissance convent, santa maria delle grazie in cental milan. this painting is considered one of the key images of western civilization. because of environmental concerns only a few visitors are allowed to view the painting at one time. you must make an appointment to view the painting at least 60 days in advance. santa maria della grazie is open tues through sun.

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    See The Last Supper

    by Jetgirly Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In order to see The Last Supper, you should call several days in advance and make a reservation (operators speak English and Italian). I called on a Monday and could not get a ticket until the following Sunday, and it was not high season or a long weekend. Then, show up at Santa Maria delle Grazie church fifteen or twenty minutes before your scheduled entrance time, armed with your reservation number, and trade your passport and €5 for a great audio guide.

    When you enter the room holding the painting, you will be amazed that it has survived the test of time (plus two World Wars and Napoleon's use of the room as a stable for horses!). You will be allowed fifteen minutes to view the massive painting, which was painted by Leondardo da Vinci over the course of approximately four years.

    The church is difficult to find and there are no signs guiding the way, so bring your map!

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    Fresco

    by darkjedi Updated Feb 27, 2011

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    The Leonardo da Vinci painting, the 'Last Supper' measures 450 × 870 centimeters (15 feet × 29 ft) and covers an end wall of the dining hall at the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. Groups of 20 or so are let in several times an hour and pass through several chambers keeping the refectory at a constant temperature and humidity.

    We booked a few weeks in advance through the internet ticket site www.tickitaly.com which we have used before. Simply take tour reservation into the main ticket office half hour before your booked time and they will exchange it for tickets. You will then have some time to look around the Santa Maria della Grazie church next door. On the day we turned up there were signs indicating no tickets available and no cancellations, and we were there on a cold February day.

    Photography is not allowed in the room, although everyone with a phone seemed to be snapping away and no one said anything to stop them. Only people carrying DSLR cameras were singled out with warning words.

    The guide gives a five minute speech while you are in front of the painting but mine didn't speak English very well and the room is extremely echoing meaning only half of what she says will probably not be understood unless you are standing next to the guide. Read about the painting before you go and you'll enjoy the experience more.

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    Last super fresco

    by siver Updated Feb 2, 2011

    in order to view the last super fresco, you need to reserve ticket online, but if there are no more online tickets for your time, like us, your best bet is to go the office the first thing in the morning, and see if there are any tickets left. the price is euro6.50. The office open at 8am, it is on the left of the church.

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    Leonardo's Last Supper

    by csordila Updated Mar 23, 2010

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    Would you like to feel for one day like Professor Langdon from "The Da Vinci Code"? If yes, then in Milan don't miss a visit to the old Dominican monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie where in the refectory you can admire one of the greatest frescoes of all time: Leonardo's Last Supper illustrating Christ when he predicts that one among his apostles will betray him.
    The famous fresco is already the focus of mythical speculation after author Dan Brown based his fiction around the painting.
    Leonardo was commissioned to execute the painting by Duke of Milan, Ludovico Sforza. He began painting in 1495 and completed it in 1498. Unfortunately, Leonardo tried a new technique here which has led to the deterioration of the painting in very short time.
    Christ's feet were cut off sometime by a doorway having been opened through the painting. The last restoration, completed in 1999, was more "repainting" rather than "restoring"
    Reservation to view the fresco is highly recommended, because the refectory building is so small, that only little group of tourists can go in in every 15 minute. Photo taking is not allowed.

    Update 2010: Were the twelve apostles guilty of overeating at the Last Supper? Two brothers—an eating behavior expert and a religious studies scholar—are publishing findings that might make you think twice at your Easter dinner. more

    Booking: http://www.cenacolovinciano.org/english/index.html
    Admission fee 8.00€ incl. reservation.
    Open: Tues.-Sun. 8:00 am - 7:30 pm, last entry 6:45 pm.
    Other: The Last Supper is not accessible from the church: the entrance is to the left of the church in Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie.

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    Leonardo da Vinci "Last Supper"

    by eugini2001 Written Sep 17, 2009

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    It was hard to book the tickets on line using Italian web. Sites, mostly because Italian side declined American credit cards, but it was much easier to book it through viatour, they charged 114$ for one adult and 1 child, but paid 8 euro for each ticket for church, 20 Euro for each admission to La Scala the rest went to 30 min. ride on a bus and a guide. To be honest, I wouldn’t have booked this tour, but it was the last chance to see “Last supper”. Indeed they never let you take a picture of the painting, like in the most precious churches throughout the world. The “Last supper” is a breathtaking view. The most amazing that some rules of iconography that used in Orthodox churches) are followed in this painting. On the other side of the room there is another painting (that doesn’t belong to Leonardo), that is “Crucifixion. The artist mixed the scenes of Crucifixion with the ones of XV century, including his self-portrait and his wife in it.
    At the time we visited the church there were some kind of service for military guys, but we entered the church without any problem. Church is beautiful and sure is old (the main architect was Guiniforte Solari; the convent was completed by 1469 while the church took more time. The duke Ludovico Sforza decided to have the church as the Sforza family burial place and rebuild the cloister and the apse which was completed after 1490.It was its WW2 story too, as we were told by our guide. The night of 15 August (big holiday in Christian calendar) 1943, bombs dropped by British and American planes hit the church and the convent. Much of the refectory was destroyed, but some walls survived, including the one that holds the Last Supper, which had been sand-bagged for protection.

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    Santa Maria delle Grazie

    by MalenaN Written Mar 14, 2009

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    Santa Maria delle Grazie is the church where you can see Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, but there is a separate entrance and an admission to see the painting (see another tip). After I had bought the ticket for The Last Supper I had 20 minutes to explore the church before it was time for me to see the painting.

    Santa Maria delle Grazie is a beautiful church where I liked the light colours, the vaults with frescos, the granite columns and much more. Construction of the church begun in 1463 and it was completed in 1482. It is made by Guiniforte Solari and it is built in a Lombard gothic style. The façade is made of red brick. Inside there are three aisles and it is 63 metres long and 30 metres wide and there are several chapels. There are work of art made by Butinone, Montorfano, Demìo, the Cazzaniga brothers, Zenale and Bergognone.

    The church is open between 7.30 - 12.00 and 15.00 - 19.00.

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    The Last Supper

    by lifeisatrip Updated Oct 20, 2008

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    Even if one is only allowed 15 minutes in the The Last Supper hall, it is still a must-see. I recommend the audio guide.

    Make your reservations ASAP. And show up about 15-20 minutes before your alloted time. The ticket office opens at 8:00 a.m, the first group goes in at 8:15 a.m. It's closed on Mondays.

    There are different websites offering tickets. I bought our tickets from: www.tickitaly.com
    A voucher is issued, which has to be turned in for tickets at the ticket office.

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    Santa Maria de Gracia

    by lina112 Written Aug 2, 2008

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    The Church and Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie were built between 1465 and 1482 to designs by Guiniforte Solari. The church's original architectonic layout, now only visible in the form of the nave and aisles, was a typical example of Late Gothic Lombard art of which Solari was a well-known exponent. If you want to visit the famous Da Vinci last supper, you have to book in very advance by internet or by phone.

    Es la iglesia mas visitada de milan ya que se encuentra la famosa última cena de Leonardo Da Vinci, pero si quieres ver la susodicha última cena hay que reservarlo por telefono o por internet con bastante antelación, porque solo dejan entrar a grupos de 25 personas cada media hora creo. Dicha pintura no se encuentra en la misma iglesia sino en una sala anexa a la iglesia la cual tiene otra entrada para acceder.

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    Last Supper: better known as Cenacolo by Italians

    by PALLINA Written Mar 25, 2008

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    Everybody knows Leonardo's Last Supper, but perhaps many of you do not know it is in Milan, in the beautiful church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Leonardo began its masterpiece in 1495 and finished in 1498 (Luca Pacioli, which created the accounting system still utilized all over the world, spoke about it in 1498, indeed) this huge and wonderful (false) fresco (size:460x880 cm). By false fresco I mean it was not a fresco because Leonardo did never make a fresco. Anyway, you will be kidnapped by the beauty of this painting and it will not disappoint you at all. If you can, better to study it before or take a tourist guide. Too many information which are better to know in advance. The last renovation lasted over 20 years so I visited it only once, although I am Italian and go to Milan quite often. VERY IMPORTANT: you have to book your visit. Do not go simply there without a reservation, especially during holidays or weekends.

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    The Last Supper

    by slcook52 Written Oct 28, 2007

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    You can walk from the Duomo area to Santa Maria delle Grazie, or partially take the metro or a bus. Chances are slim to get in unless you prebook, but maybe depending on when you go. Seeing The Last Supper fresco is worthwhile, it is amazing and probably the most well known painting in the world. It spans the whole end wall of the refrectory.

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    Santa Maria delle Grazie - outside

    by Diana75 Updated Jun 9, 2007

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    The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie was built on the place of a small chapel adorned with a fresco of the Virgin and called Madonna delle Grazie.

    Built on a plot of land donated by Gaspare Vimercati to the Dominican order, the church is a typical example of the transition stage between Gothic and Renaissance, with simple elegant Tuscan architectural forms and colourful Lombard decorative motifs.

    By the time of the new ruler of Milan, Ludovico il Moro, the presbytery and the apse were modified with the help of Donato Bramante.

    Bramante's great tribune, looking like a giant wheel resting upon a cube from outside, is a lesson in Renaissance architecture.

    The wonderful combination of volumes and lines and the high quality of decoration make from Santa Maria delle Grazie a masterpiece of renaissance architecture in Europe.

    Unfortunately Santa Maria delle Grazie was another attraction of Milan that was going through an extensice restoration works, thus the most important part of it was covered.

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    Santa Maria delle Grazie – inside

    by Diana75 Updated Jun 9, 2007

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    Inside the church maintains some elements for the original layout, visible in the form of the nave and aisles.

    Ludovico Sforza wanted to make the church his family mausoleum thus he orders some modifications, such as building a new apse to replace Solari's presbytery or the replacement of the facade and part of the nave and aisles. But due to the fall of the Sforza regime in 1499 work have beeb interrupted and never finished.

    More over the bombing on August 16, 1943 destroyed the library and the cloister of the dead.

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    The Last Supper fresco

    by vichatherly Written May 16, 2007

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    I booked tickets up on the net only a day before we arrived in Milan through Tickitaly , as I thought it was my third trip to the city and I should really make the effort. Also I was taking my fiance for the first time.

    I paid over the top for the tickets at 15 Euros each, (normal price on the day 8.5 euros) but at least I got the chance to take a look at the masterpiece.

    You have an alloted time of 15 minutes to view the fresco and it is quite something to see. Very mesmerising.

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