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Basilica of Our Lady of Grace

Local name: Santa Maria delle Grazie

The author of the design of the Basilica Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan is Guiniforte Solari. This basilica-type temple has a three-nave body. There is a fresco by Leonardo da Vinci Last Supper, as well as a square mosaic depicting the Mother of God. The temple is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The temple is one of the finest achievements of Renaissance architecture in northern Italy. The characteristic features of the church are brightness and lightness. In the place where today is this temple was once the chapel of Our Lady of Graces. On the order of the Duke of Milan Ludovico il Moro, in 1942 the construction of a church was started, which was to become a mausoleum for his family.

During the bombing of Milan in 1943, the church was damaged. The wall, protected by sandbags, on which the Last Supper is located, survived. In June 1993, Pope John Paul II raised the church to the status of minor basilica.

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Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie 20123 Milan , Italy