Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata, Parma

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The Santissima Annunziata, also called the Basilica del Paradiso, is a Renaissance style, Roman Catholic church and convent located on Via Massimo D'Azeglio in Parma, Italy.HistoryThe church was built on a site of a convent once occupied by the Franciscan Order outside the city walls, but demolished in 1546 by the Duke Pier Luigi Farnese. Originally the church was dedicated to Saints Gervaso and Protaso. Construction began in 1566, commissioned by Duke Ottavio Farnese and the bishop of Brugnato, and using a design by Giambattista Fornovo.By 1616, construction had stalled, part of the roof fallen in, and there was a failure to complete the planned dome. Only with the intervention of Margherita Farnese (who became a nun) did construction proceeded using an awkward, heavily buttressed dome design by Girolamo Rainaldi. The layout has a nearly elliptical interior, with two semi-circles joined by two straight lines, which join the apse, ten chapels, and an interior atrium.The convent was designed in part by Giovanni Battista Magnani, with the refectory completed in 1637 and cloister in 1688. The convent includes a large library. The convent contains the rooms and artifacts of the Blessed Lino Maupas (died 1924). In the left atrium there is a copy of the Annunciation by Correggio (1520), a fresco from the church of the Minors in via Farini. In the niche is an polychrome terracotta sculpture depicting Ecce Homo by Antonio Sbravati, and a Martyrdom of Saints Gervaso and Protaso (early 19th-century) by Biagio Martini. The main altarpiece is an Enthroned Madonna, Child and Saints Bernard, John Baptist, John Evangelist and Francis of Assisi (1776) by Antonio Brianti, is a copy of a work (1518) by Francesco Zaganelli for the church of the "Annunziata di fuori".
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  • Maria Luigia encouraged research of Friars of the convent of the Annunciation to produce the scent, using alchemical ancient secrets, or so you'd like to believe.
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  • To visit the Church is very simple, just go straight from the street, cross the Ponte di Mezzo Mazzini, p.zza Corridoni and thereupon there is the Church. Admission is free and you don't have to book, just respect the times of entrance of churches. Externally is very simple but quite big with its elliptical shape. Internally has a nave after we can admire paintings of Antonino Bernamei as "the Virgin and child with Saints" and other painters of the 17th century. Beautiful floor and the high altar in inlaid marble; designed by Antonio Brianti and made by Giocondo Albertolli. I recommend to visit
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  • Another beautiful church to visit, it had a choir recital when we visited was well worth it,situated not far from the Duomo. Noel & Maura.  more »

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