Cloister of Santa Maria in Strada

This part of Monza, in connection with the ancient road to Milan, in the 14th century was the privileged settlement for hospitals and monasteries, among which the Augustinian complex of Santa Maria in Strada.
Small-sized, the convent is a typical example of the architectural schemes adopted by the Mendicant Orders: four blocks enclosing the recently restored cloister, centre of the religious monastic life. Each body of the building had different functions, following a rule: one side is entirely occupied by the church that overlooks onto the road; the perpendicular side hosted the collective spaces such as the chapter house and the refectory; the other sides were used as workplaces and housing.