Sacred places

Pieve di San Pietro

Volpedo

Pieve di San Pietro

The Church of San Pietro, already documented in 965, underwent a major renovation during the 15th century which, nevertheless, did not alter the Romanesque style which it retains both in the facade marked by pilasters and …

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Pieve di Santa Maria

Fabbrica Curone

Pieve di Santa Maria

The Parish Church of Santa Maria of Fabbrica Curone is a magnificent example of Romanesque architecture, totally in riverstone or, in any case, of local origin. The construction is longitudinal without transept and with …

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Pieve di Santa Maria

Viguzzolo

Pieve di Santa Maria

In all probability, the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria was built shortly after the year one thousand outside the village, close to the River Grue. The facade, where the central nave is the dominant feature with its low …

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San Giacomo

Tortona

San Giacomo

The Church of S. Giacomo is an exquisite example of late-Baroque architecture, remarkable because it has not undergone significant changes over the centuries and because it is built in a sober style. The current church was …

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San Giacomo

Tortona

San Giacomo

The Church of San Giacomo is an exquisite example of late-baroque architecture, remarkable because it has not undergone significant changes over the centuries and because it is built in a sober style, without that decorative …

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San Giovannino

Alessandria

San Giovannino

The Church of San Giovannino, connected to the confraternity of SS. Crocifisso, was in the neighbourhood of Gamondio, close to the gateway “to Genova” and built in 1484. The church was seriously damaged in a fire in …

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Santa Lucia

Alessandria

Santa Lucia

The small 18th century church stands in a beautiful location, at the crossroads of several historic streets. Each year, on St. Lucy’s Day (13 December), the church becomes the centre of devotional practices and charitable …

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Santa Maria della Corte

Castellazzo Bormida

Santa Maria della Corte

The parish church of Santa Maria della Corte is mentioned for the first time in 1005, belonging to the “curte regia Gamundii” of Roman origin and then Longobard capital which will become Castellacium from the 14th century …

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Santa Maria delle Grazie - detta di San Domenico

Ovada

Santa Maria delle Grazie - detta di San Domenico

The first stone was laid in 1481, when Father Giovanni from Taggia received the diploma which appointed him Prior of the Convent. A stone placed on the lintel of the door, dated 1508, indicates the construction date as 1481, …

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Santa Maria di Vezzolano

Albugnano

Santa Maria di Vezzolano

The complex rises in the green of a beautiful valley, in one of the most picturesque and unspoilt corners of Monferrato, among vineyards, fields and wood areas. In Vezzolano, history and legend intertwine and the hypotheses …

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Santuario della Beata Vergine del Portone

Asti

Santuario della Beata Vergine del Portone

The Shrine dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary "Porta Paradisi", commonly referred to as Madonna del Portone, was built in 1902. It incorporates the primitive church that was built in correspondence of one of the medieval …

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Santuario Madonna della Creta

Castellazzo Bormida

Santuario Madonna della Creta

The Sanctuary of the "Madonnina" is certainly the best-known church of Castellazzo today. In 1947, with the papal bull, Pio XII conferred the title of Patroness of the Centaurs upon Santa Maria della Creta, and every year …

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Santuario Madonna della Guardia

Tortona

Santuario Madonna della Guardia

In 1893, Luigi Orione opened his first college for young boys in San Bernardino. Speaking to them about the future work he was already contemplating, pointing to the area he said, “A large shrine will rise here...”. …

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Santuario Nostra Signora della Bruceta

Cremolino

Santuario Nostra Signora della Bruceta

The origins of the Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Bruceta, near the village of Cremolino, can be traced back to the 9th century. Legend has it that, after a Saracen raid, a portrait of the Virgin Mary on stone was found, …

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Santuario Nostra Signora di Montespineto

Stazzano

Santuario Nostra Signora di Montespineto

The Sanctuary has its origins in a series of events to be found somewhere between the margins of history and legend, all of which stem from enemy attacks on the district of Stazzano. In 1155 the local inhabitants had to …

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