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Leonardo’s Last Supper

Leonardo’s Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper mural is located in the convent of the church Santa Maria delle Grazie. Both the church and the convent are among UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  It is a must visit for all tourists. The Leonardo’s Last Supper mural is located in the convent, not in the church. The entrance to the church is FREE of charge. For the Last Supper it is necessary to make a reservation, usually even a few months in advance.

The church and the convent Santa Maria delle Grazie is one of the most famous touristic destinations of Milan. The mural Last Supper, painted by Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most well-known images in the world and the reason for the popularity of the church. The mural is located in the convent of the church, more specifically in the dining room of the convent. Due to the fragile state of some of the murals, the entrance to the convent is regulated. It is necessary to make a reservation, usually even a few months in advance.
Franceso I Sforza, the Duke of Milan, ordered the construction of the Dominican convent and the church. The main architect was Guiniforte Solare and the convent was finished in 1469 while the church a bit later, in 1490.
It is assumed that the work on Leonardo’s Last Supper began in 1495 and it was commissioned by Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan. The wife of Ludovico, Beatrice, was buried in the church in 1497.
The mural represents the scene of the last Supper of Jesus Christ with his disciples. The painting shows the commotion that followed Jesus’ announcement that he would be betrayed.

Ticket prices for the church Santa Maria delle Grazie
Leonardo’s Last Supper in the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie
It is necessary to make a reservation. The only two ways to do it is via call center: + 39 02 92800360 (Monday-Saturday, 08:00-18:30h) or using the official website.
Regular ticket price is: 10+2 Euros (€) - (€2 for the reservation).
Reduced ticket price is: 5+2 Euros (€).
Free Entrance +2- individuals younger than 18 (citizens of European Union, Island, Norway, Switzerland, Lichtenstein), handicapped individuals and their assistants.
Reduced price- for the individuals from 18-25 (citizens of European Union, Island, Norway, Switzerland, Lichtenstein).
(!) The only possible way of paying is with a credit card.
(!) It is hard to tell when there will be dates available; it can even happen that someone cancels the reservations and that there areavailable tickets in a week or so.
(!) The call center is really busy - you need to be quite persistent.

Church Santa Maria delle Grazie
The entrance is FREE of charge.

Working hours of the church Santa Maria Delle Grazie Milan
Leonardo’s Last Supper at the Convent of the church
Tuesday-Saturday 08:15-19:00h (last admission at 18:45h)
Closed- All Mondays, January 1st, May 1st, December25th.

Church Santa Maria delle Grazie
From Monday to Friday working hours are: 7:00-12:00h/15:00-19:15h.
From Saturday to Sunday working hours are: 7:30-12:30h/15:30-20:45h.


Interesting facts

  • The part of the mural is missing, because in 1650 someone decided that the dining room door is needed on that side - this is why Jesus does not have his legs painted.
  • The painting is in a bad shape because Leonardo did not use the traditional method of fresco painting (colors on wet plaster) which is more durable. He painted on the dry plaster which tends to flake off.
  • On 15th August 1943, during the Second World War, the bombs from American and British plains hit the church and the convent. Many of the walls of the convent were destroyed, but the wall with the Last Supper survived.
  • The church and the Dominican convent with the Last supper became one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1980.

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