Cloister of Santa Maria delle Grazie

The Santa Maria delle Grazie (Holy Mary of Grace) in Milan offers an experience that combines history, art and tranquility.

It allows you to immerse yourselves in the architectural marvels, the captivating artwork of da Vinci and the serene beauty of the cloister’s surroundings.

The Cloister of Santa Maria delle Grazie itself is a sight to behold. 

Also known as the Chiostro delle rane (The cloister of the frogs), it surrounds the Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie

In the late 15th century, Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, decided to transform the church into the mausoleum for the Sforza family. 

Architect Donato Bramante was commissioned to work on the tribune and create its impressive dome.

Within the complex, Leonardo da Vinci painted his renowned tempera mural, The Last Supper, in the refectory of the Convent.

Uncover the secrets of Milan’s intriguing past through an engaging walking tour that ends with The Last Supper. 
Along the way, the cloister of Santa Maria delle Grazie will share historical insights.

Bramante designed a small cloister called the chiostrino to connect the tribune to the sacristy.

This lovely addition acted as a connecting passage and added to the overall architectural balance of the complex.

With slim supporting columns, the plain square-shaped cloister displays five arches on each side, giving a feeling of rhythm and balance. 

The central garden, adorned with a round basin, serves as the heart of the cloister. 

Cobbled paths intersect the garden, guiding visitors through its peaceful and calm ambiance. 

During the spring season, the four quadrants of the garden come alive with the vibrant blooms of magnolias, infusing the space with a burst of greenery and fragrance.

Amongst the captivating features of the cloister are the four bronze frogs perched along the edges.

The cloister is often referred to as the Chiostro delle rane (The cloister of the frogs) due to the presence of these batrachians. 

Their presence has become a beloved symbol of the cloister, captivating the imaginations of visitors who marvel at their lively presence.

So, what are you waiting for? Visit Cloister of Santa Maria delle Grazie today!

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