Santa Maria delle Grazie
Santa Maria delle Grazie is the most evocative church of Millan. It is a blend of the Gothic and Renaissance styles. Designed by Guiniforte Solari and Donato Bramante, it was started in 1466 and completed in 1490.
To the right of the church is the old monastery of the Dominicans. In its Refectory is daVinci's Last Supper, patronized by Ludovico il Moro in 1495 and finished in 1498.
The castle, which is one of the greatest monuments of the Renaissance period was started in the 14th century. At the centre of the facade with its front towards the city rises the Filarete Tower (the "Clock Tower") which is 70 metres high. Pass under the tower to go into the grand and picturesque Parade Ground, now a garden, but once used to exercise the Sforza troops.
One enters the museum from the right wing of the courtyard and joins a long line upstairs. At room 15 the line led us slowly pass a staircase to a niche. To my unbelieving eyes, the niche held Michelangelo's last masterful work, The Rondanini Pieta (1552-1564). Michelangelo was working on this sculpture until the last week of his life. The hauntingly sorrowful face of Mary and the dead Christ moved me to tears that day.