Italy Monza Church of S. Maria in strada

The church is located in the medieval core of the city and takes its name from the 'Street', crossed by the main road leading to Milan. Founded in the first half of the fourteenth century by the Franciscan Third Order, has an elegant facade with terracotta decorations, an important example of Gothic architecture in Lombardy. Actually, the church has a completely different look than the original: in the seventeenth century was built a low barrel vault that replaced the original roof trusses, and the baroque decorations were made in the eighteenth century. However, there are some evidence of the original aspect: a room with vaulted at the base of the tower houses a series of fragmentary frescoes from the late fourteenth century with an Annunciation and a large Crucifixion from the Lombard school.