Mirasole Abbey

Milan, Italy

Mirasole Abbey was founded as a monastery of the Humiliati in the first half of the 13th century. Its economy was based on the working of wool and the production of woollen cloth.

The Humiliati were abolished in 1571, and the abbey became the property of the Collegio Elvetico in Milan, which was taken over for the use of the Austrian administration in 1786 (the building is now the Palazzo del Senato); its spiritual life was administered by the Olivetans. In 1797, the former abbey was given to the Ospedale Maggiore of Milan.

In 2013 a community of Premonstratensian canons moved into the former abbey premises as the Priorato San Norberto, a priory of Mondaye Abbey in France.

The rectangular layout includes a church and cloisters. The buildings were once surrounded by a moat, towers and a drawbridge. One entrance led towards the country, the other into the city. The church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was constructed in the 14th and 15th centuries. It contains a fresco of the Assumption of the Virgin by an anonymous master of 1460, linked to the school of Michelino da Besozzo.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Boiken Verli (11 months ago)
Beautiful amd quiet place
Eyal Tsin (2 years ago)
Magnifiecent, though I only had a glance. This old castle was apparently restored due to a fire. Very big and vast middle ages castle, built by a famous italian family.
Fabrizio Iozzi (2 years ago)
A small abbey close to the south border of Milan, with a few frescoes from the 16th century. A short but enjoyable visit
vanda sacchi (3 years ago)
Beautiful renovated abbey with a pleasant green area. Lately, thanks also to contributions from private individuals, it hosts families in difficulty and there is the possibility of organizing events and parties. The church inside is very beautiful where you can find yourself. Lately it organizes cultural events and there is an excellent refreshment bar with local products and artifacts ....
Stefania Girelli (3 years ago)
Ideal context to spend pleasant moments, surrounded by nature and history. The proposed initiatives are interesting. The organization leaves something to be desired .... aperitifs with platters that are only available on reservations ... it is a pity to advertise events through social media and not have food available! Catering cannot be improvised
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