The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is a 15th century construction which was initially built as a Dominican convent with relatively large grounds and remains a functioning convent today. The church is some way to the west of the town centre, but the walk can be very pleasant through some beautiful Milanese streets, so if you feel fit, make sure you walk at least one way.
The church itself is a fairly modest and very pristine building. Both, the interior and exterior were built in a late gothic style with traditionally modest decoration as part of the convent's overall plan. The rest of the convent is situated behind the church and is not accessible to tourists.
Leonardo da Vinci's infamous wall mural hangs in the Refectory which stands next to the church, but is managed separately by the Museum of Milan. Tickets are sold out months in advance and can be pricey, so be prepared in advance of your trip.
The painting is one of da Vinci's most famouse artworks alongside the Mona Lisa Painting that hangs in the Louvre. It took one of Italy's most famous artists almost 4 years to complete as he paused for long periods of time and changed parts of the painting for unknown reasons often infuriating Milan's rulers by his inability to complete it. The mural portrays the Last Supper before Jesus was crucified and is popular both for its artistic prowess and beauty as well as the many conspiracy theories linking da Vinci's work with secret messages and cryptic meanings in everything from geometric shapes formed by parts of the painting to the symbolism of every character.
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Santa Maria delle Grazie