Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello, Genoa

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Santa Maria di Castello is a church and religious complex in Genoa, Italy. Administrated for a long time by the Dominicans, it is located in the Castello hill of the city, where in the Middle Ages a bishop's fortified castle existed. The church is flanked by the large Tower of the Embriaci.The church, in Romanesque style, was erected before 900 AD. It houses many artworks commissioned by the main noble families of Genoa, by artists such as Francesco Maria Schiaffino, Lorenzo Fasolo, Alessandro Gherardini, Giuseppe Palmieri, Francesco Boccaccino, Pier Francesco Sacchi, Bernardo Castello, Aurelio Lomi and Tommaso Orsolino. Notable are the frescoes with Stories of David and the painted majolicas from the 16th century Genoese school.The high altar is decorated by a marble group of the "Assumption" by Domenico Parodi (late 17th century), while the chapel to the left of the presbytery has a Santa Rosa da Lima by Domenico Piola and a marble cover by Taddeo Carlone. The fourth chapel in the left aisle has a Madonna del Rosario by the workshop of Anton Maria Maragliano, while the first chapel has a painting attributed to Giovanni Battista Paggi (early 17th century).
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  • Why visit the Church of Santa Maria di Castello? For a thousand reasons: because it's fascinating, unique and rich in art treasures that the volunteers explain in great detail. The magical atmosphere makes the experience not to be missed.
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  • If you don't stop and see the churches in Europe you are missing some of the most beautiful architectural design and art that can be seen for free or small sums of money. This is not the most beautifu...  more »
  • The free guided tour by volunteers makes visiting this church a highlight. They switch on lights and explain the paintings and murals in the church which really makes the experience worth it. They als...  more »
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  • A monastery with an amazing architecture and art. It has five cloysters and a beautiful garden. Must see!! Free entrance and guide.
  • Even though the façade might make it look not interesting, it is one of the most beautiful churches of Genova. It contains several frescos from the 15th and 16th century and volunteers can tell the history of the church and guide you through other interesting parts of it, including three beautiful cloisters with marvellous decorations.
  • Wonderful cathedral architecture, you must visit it
  • Nice small church. The location is full of narrow streets and is your typical non metropolitan Italy
  • Beautiful church. Thanks to the volunteers you can visit all its historical parts. Little known but I think everyone should visit. It is rich in history, with frescoes in many parts of the district. It is fascinating to see how many levels is built. The inner Park once stood overlooking the sea and now stays enclosed between the houses.
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