Chiesa di Santa Maria in Strada, Monza

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Church
Santa Maria in Strada is a church in Monza, Lombardy, northern Italy.
According to the chronicler Bonincontro Morigia, the church was begun in 1357 over a pre-existing Franciscan convent. The original edifice was subsequently enlarged and enriched with a choir, a sacristy and a bell tower in 1421. In 1610, by order of archbishop Charles Borromeo, the barrel-vault was added, and the mullioned windows were closed. In 1756, architect Giovanni Battista Riccardi added a frame at the base of the vault and several stucco fake columns, reconstructed the high altar in marble and gilded bronze, and opened several chapels.
Beginning in 1862, the convent served as a kindergarten. The façade was restored in 1870 on a design by Carlo Maciachini.
The brickwork façade is triangular at the top, with numerous decorations and geometric elements. It is formed by horizontal bands separated by frames. The portal has a brickwork arch and marble architrave dating to the 19th century. Over the portal is a series of fake niches with (apart from the three central ones, which are windows) traces of 14th-century frescoes. In the third band are rich terracotta decorations, while in the middle of the façade is a rose window with concentric decorations, flanked by two ogival double mullioned windows with square frames. The decoration of the façade's summit includes a statue of the "Madonna with Child", between two circles and Lombard bands crowning the upper edge.
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  • The church of Santa Maria in Strada stands on an ancient convent of the Franciscan Friars called "of Penitence", which allowed it to be converted into an oratory in 1348. The name of the church...  more »
  • This church is one in a dozen you can find in Monza and around. It is beautiful but not worth a detour when not in the area.  more »
  • Beautiful Place to visit
  • Potrebbero valorizzarla di più All'interno veramente triste. Vicino al duomo.... ma completamente diversa in stile e caratteristiche quindi un'altra cosa. Forse qualche soldo per valorizzarla ci sta. L'esterno è invitante

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