Basilica of John Bosco, Asti

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  • Lovely place and immersed in nature. The basilica is in modern style while in the historic area you can visit the house where Don Bosco lived and the rooms of the time. To visit.
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  • The dimensions of this santuario are quite impressive. You can see it from afar and will not really how big it is until you are standing in front of the main building. The building is quite recent, al...  more »
  • I accompanied my wife on a visit to this place which for her is full of memories related to childhood and her experience as an oratorio animator. It was an emotionally touching visit for her, but it was also for me, which I had never been there before. The surrounding soft hills do not portend the presence of such a tall and imposing structure and therefore the first impact is certainly powerful, but the place does not intimidate: it is immediately very welcoming. The upper floor of the Basilica, where the warm color of the wood dominates, has very innovative and current forms. I also find it hard to think that it was designed in the 1960s as it has architectural solutions that are innovative even now: it looks like a beautiful conference center but at the same time it is clearly a place of prayer and the colors and lights induce recollection. It is probably a very accomplished example of the modern concept of a place of worship, which certainly did not disfigure during the visit that Pope John Paul II made, at Colle Don Bosco, in 1988. Downstairs there is another church, more classic (albeit modern), in which marble takes the place of wood. In the Basilica there are relics of St. John Bosco and also of St. Dominic Savio, his pupil who died at a young age. Around the Basilica are buildings linked to the Salesian Opera, necessary also because the place is the subject of visits by oratory groups from all over the world. Not far away is the house where St. John Bosco lived in his childhood years, in which he received his vocation. The house has also been the subject of a futuristic reinterpretation: inside the walls there is an innovative exhibition space linked to Don Bosco and through some doors you have a short access to the original rooms where the saint lived with his humble family. Just outside the house there is the Shrine of Mary Auxiliary and there is the "Pylon of the Dream", depicting the dream that Don Bosco made as a child, which gave rise to his call. There is also an ethnological museum with some exhibits from missions around the world. In summary of what has been said so far, we are talking about a number of places of great spirituality and it is impossible not to be touched, and the credit certainly goes to the architectural choices so current, so modern, to witness a mission that is started more than a century ago and that is carried forward in the present and in the future.
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