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Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka

24 Maryland Ave, St Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church, Millvale, PA 15209-2738
+1 412-408-3180
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Fantastic paintings, excellent docent.

We visited on a rainy Saturday at 11 AM. The docent led us around the murals for an hour and a half... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2017
PastaPest0
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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You don't have to be Catholic or Croatian to marvel at these murals

Check the website link for hours. Usually have tours on Saturday from 10 to 2 on the hour. They... read more

Reviewed 19 November 2017
Trainhopper
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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24 Maryland Ave, St Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church, Millvale, PA 15209-2738
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Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

We visited on a rainy Saturday at 11 AM. The docent led us around the murals for an hour and a half with excellent history and explanation of the artwork. The mirrors combine religious history, spirituality, and 1940s political activism in amazing ways. Mary Queen...More

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Reviewed 19 November 2017

Check the website link for hours. Usually have tours on Saturday from 10 to 2 on the hour. They have just installed new lighting and are half way through a 10 year restoration. A lot of emotion as this tells as the murals tell both...More

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Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

We took a 50-minute guided tour of the murals painted by Maxo Vanka, a Croatian artist, inside St Nicholas Croatian church. The murals convey powerful and timeless messages about social justice, making the church truly unique. Definitely worthy of a visit.

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Reviewed 9 September 2017

On september the second we visited this interesting church. There were two guides who told us the history and the meaning of the beautiful murals. They added light so you can see the colors very well. They took the time to answer questions and when...More

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Reviewed 11 August 2017

You just feel different walking into this church. It exudes holiness. I grew up in this area and have been aware of this since I was a small child. If you are a believer...you need to visit.

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Reviewed 30 December 2016

I just finished a docent led tour of St Nicholas Croation Catholic Church in Pittsburgh with its astonishing murals by Maxo Vanka, a 20th century modernist, pacifist, and social critic. They evoke Eastern European church fresco painting and Diego Rivera, but are unique for their...More

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Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Came with a class of students and it was wonderful. The docent was very knowledable and have a good presentation. The murals are very nice and are being well maintained and restored.

2  Thank Jeremy P
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

These murals in St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale are an unusual combination of religious themes and commentary on social justice. Monumental in scale. The interior is unlike anything you've ever seen. Better appreciated during Mass or on a guided tour Saturday afternoons.

1  Thank Karen K
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

The artistry, the messages, and the legend of the artist make visiting this church an extraordinary cultural event. Maxo Vanka was a genius that somehow was missed by the art world at large. Timeless experience. You don't need to have an interest in religion or...More

2  Thank Elephaba
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Reviewed 12 April 2016

Definitely the highlight my trip to Pittsburgh, besides visiting family. I also visited the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Mattress Factory, but this was a real buried treasure. The strength, beauty and messages in these murals really do correspond to the murals of the...More

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