Sacred places

Abazia Santa Giustina

Sezzadio

Abazia Santa Giustina

The Abbey of Santa Giustina was founded, according to local legend, by King Liutprando and dedicated to the eponymous martyr in 772. Enlarged in 1030 by Otberto, a monastery was added for the Benedictine Order of monks. …

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Abbazia cistercense di Santa Maria

Tortona

Abbazia cistercense di Santa Maria

The Abbey complex can be traced back to a simple monastery recorded in 1150. At the end of the 12th century building work started on the abbey and this finished around the middle of the following century. During the 1600s …

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Basilica di San Pietro

Acqui Terme

Basilica di San Pietro

The San Pietro’s church is the old cathedral of Acqui Terme and one of the oldest churches of its type in Italy. It was built within the boundary of an early Christian cemetery in the 4th century and in the early part …

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Basilica e Sacro Monte di Crea

Serralunga di Crea

Basilica e Sacro Monte di Crea

The origins of the Sacro Monte (Holy Mountain) go back to the time of the Counter Reformation when new forms of popular religion flourished along with devotional pilgrimages; it is made up of the Sanctuary, 23 chapels and …

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Cattedrale dell'Assunta

Acqui Terme

Cattedrale dell'Assunta

It was built where the old town of Acqui Terme is to be found; it is reached through a fine Renaissance-style square, laid out towards the end of the 15th century. Originally consecrated in 1067, over the years it has undergone …

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Cattedrale di San Pietro

Alessandria

Cattedrale di San Pietro

The Cathedral was built between 1875 and 1879 by Edoardo Arborio Mella replacing the old church which was pulled down by Napoleon I. The Neoclassic aspect of the exterior is highlighted on the left-hand side of the façade …

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Cattedrale di Sant'Evasio

Casale Monferrato

Cattedrale di Sant'Evasio

Built between the end of the 11th century and the first years of the following century, the Cathedral of Sant’Evasio was consecrated in 1107. The single-spired facade is the result of the major reconstruction work carried …

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Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta e San Lorenzo

Tortona

Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta e San Lorenzo

Building work on the Cathedral of Tortona started in 1574 and ended around the end of that century; while the façade was finished at the end of the 1800s by Nicolò Bruno. Inside, the church has a Latin cross form with …

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Chiesa di San Domenico

Casale Monferrato

Chiesa di San Domenico

The building of church and convent of San Domenico started in 1472 at the behest of the Marquess Guglielmo VIII Paleologo and lasted for more than 30 years. Consecrated in 1513 the church survive was enlarged and altered …

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Chiesa di San Francesco

Cassine

Chiesa di San Francesco

The church of San Francesco in the Lombardy Gothic style dates back to the 13th century has a classic period façade with robust buttresses and blind arching at the top; a second bell tower was added to the original one …

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Chiesa di San Giacomo Maggiore

Gavi

Chiesa di San Giacomo Maggiore

The church of S. Giacomo, built around 1165, is one of the largest examples of Romanesque architecture in the Alessandria area. Notwithstanding some Baroque additions, the essential characteristics of the church are still …

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Chiesa di Santa Maria Canale

Tortona

Chiesa di Santa Maria Canale

Building work on the Cathedral of Tortona started in 1574 and ended around the end of that century; while the façade was finished at the end of the 1800s by Nicolò Bruno. Inside, the church has a Latin cross form with …

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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pieve

Novi Ligure

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pieve

This church was built between the 12th and the 13th centuries at the site of the settlement which led eventually to the creation of the town. Extensively reconstructed in 1678, the original layout with three naves remains, …

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Chiesa di Santa Maria e San Siro

Sale

Chiesa di Santa Maria e San Siro

The church of St. Maria is first recorded in documents which date from 1165. The double naming is testament to the fact that at Sale there were two separate churches: St. Siro, a fortified church outside the town walls and …

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