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  • Writer's pictureGeorgiana Tufeanu

Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli e San Francesco Milano

Updated: Aug 5, 2021

Are you looking for a place to clear your mind and connect in prayer far from tourists? This superb Capuchin church might be the answer.

You will be welcomed by a statue of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina just across the street from the convent. As one of his many advices in t

heology says, ‘Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry’ you are now invited to connect in simplicity.

We will explore:

1. Saint Mary of the Angels - what does it mean?

2. History

3. Architectural Identity - why you should visit

4. Art and Events

Saint Mary of the Angels – what does it mean?

It’s just one of the many titles Catholics use to honor Virgin Mary and can be traced back to Assisi, Italy. Why?

Let’s go back to the period of Saint Francis of Assisi in 1209, in the small church of Porziuncola, where he founded the Order of Friars Minor. He entrusted the protection of the church to the Virgin Mary, because of his devotion to Her and his veneration for angels. Nowadays, Porziuncola is a small church located inside the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in the city with the same name.

Since then, the name of Santa Maria degli Angeli remains associated with the Franciscan Catholic churches.


Even if is not a very well know spot for the tourists because of its location (even though not

difficult to reach, 10 minutes walk from Bande Nere metro station), this convent is an important place for many religious meetings.

This Capuchin convent is the post-novitiate site for north regions of Italy, Croatia and Slovenia since 2010. The philosophical and theological formation of the religious is Franciscan.

The Capuchin requirements for the construction of the church were based on simple structural and decorative functionality.The building was designed by Cesare Nava in Lombard Gothic style, typical of the late nineteenth-century taste.

Architectural Identity - why you should visit


The Capuchin friars consider simplicity to be their philosophy. So, as required by the Order’s rule, both the interior and exterior are very simple.

Let yourself be surprised as you step inside the church. Walking toward the altar you will be welcomed by the minimalism that will help you clear your mind.

If you want to go in the front of the Altar, you will be surprised by the beautiful welcoming colors and also by the wonderful frescos were created by a friar of the community, Fra Damaso Bianchi.

Lateral Chapels

There are nine side chapels with cross vaulted roofs. A very impressive cross in the first chapel on the right, will give you a lot of emotions if you decide to stay and contemplate it.


The terracotta façade is enriched by a beautiful portico. The peripheral church is constructed in red bricks as well as the sides of the church.

Art and Events

When it comes to arts, there is a lot going on in Rosetum, the Capuchin cultural center.

Located on the right of the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, it was founded in 1956 by the Franciscan friars.

Here you can visit art expositions at the gallery, listen to concerts in the auditorium or watch ballet.

For more info check their official website here or call their phone number: (+39) 02 48707203

Want to visit the Cappucin museum in Milan? See where and how here. If you liked this article, please feel free to share it with your friends!


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