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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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Truly special

We took a 50-minute guided tour of the murals painted by Maxo Vanka, a Croatian artist, inside St... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Juan C. C
via mobile
Something very special

On september the second we visited this interesting church. There were two guides who told us the... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2017
Dirk P
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Savannah, Georgia
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24 Maryland Ave, St Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church, Millvale, PA 15209-2738
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

Thank Juan C. C
Reviewed 8 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

Thank Dirk P
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 29 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

2  Thank athomas98
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
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
Reviewed 19 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
Reviewed 11 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

4  Thank Robb1n419
Reviewed 3 November 2015

Others have noted that this is indeed worth your time; there's nothing new I can add. However, let me comment about signage: yes, it's tricky to get to the church. Things would be FAR much easier if the church would invest in better signage. Have...More

3  Thank 76desert
Reviewed 31 August 2015

As noted by other reviewers, this church has a series of outstanding murals painted many decades ago by Maxo Vanka. The murals reflect Mr. Vanka's Catholic faith, his Croatian heritage, and his anti-war and anti-industrial views. They are very thought-provoking, and can be appreciated by...More

3  Thank GoPenguins
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