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Address: 24 Maryland Avenue, St Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church, Millvale, PA 15209
Phone Number: +1 412-408-3180
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Excellent field trip for students.

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 September 2016
Jeremy P
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Warren
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Warren
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Karen K
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 Catholicism to make this destination worth your while.

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 Mexican muralists Rivera and Orozco. I loved the setting and the feeling of history being... More 

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West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 they tried to work with Millvale to get a distinctive sign, right off the highway... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 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 non-Catholics and those that do not share Mr. Vanka's political views. I had seen a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2015

Very unusual and character-filled murals reflecting 20th century Catholic art, but much more so 20th century social issues and response to WW I. Not pretty - but very interesting.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2014

Maxo Vanka's murals, which decorate St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Millvale, are definitely worth a visit. Docent-led tours are offered on Saturdays from 11:00 - 1:00, but it is possible to see them at other times, if you call and make arrangements. Vanka's work is stunning in the way that he uses religious iconography to... More 

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Clinton, SC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2014

These murals need attention, because the small parish church struggles to maintain them, but what an amazing achievement. These murals combine modern and historical in terms of terms of style, technique and subject. Should be high on anyone's list who cares about art history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

On a girlfriend's trip to Pittsburgh to celebrate a 50th Brithday, our lively group of 5 decided to take in the Millvale murals of Maxo Vanka as an item of unique interest in our diverse weekend of activities. Knowing nothing of the artist or church, none of us of the Catholic faith, but having received a tip from another who... More 

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