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Milan, S. Maria Delle Grazie Al Naviglio [Back to Library]

Producer: Andrea Bonzi
Country: Italy
Manuals: 3
Pedalboard: Yes
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Located in one of the most characteristic areas of the city of Milan and directly overlooking the Alzaia del Naviglio Grande, near the Darsena di Porta Genova, the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie al Naviglio - so called to distinguish it from the Gothic-Renaissance one on Corso Magenta, much better known as it houses the famous fresco of Leonardo's Last Supper - it was built between 1901 and 1909, designed by the Milanese architect Cesare Nava.

The devotion to the Virgin Mary in this place is documented as early as 1556 with the construction of a chapel in which a miraculous image of the Virgin was placed, in its place then a larger baroque style church was built.

In 1719 a fire seriously damaged the church, which was restored; in 1849 it was elevated to a parish. At the end of the nineteenth century, the increase in population led to the church being rebuilt again, with dimensions adequate for a rapidly growing number of faithful.

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