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Chiesa di Santa Croce, Parma

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Santa Croce is a Romanesque-style, Roman Catholic church, located on the piazza of the same name, along via Emilia in the quartiere of Oltretorrente of Parma, Region of Emilia-Romagna, Italy.HistoryFirst consecrated in 1222, the structure has undergone many modifications that obscure much of the original Romanesque structure. The main changes from 1635-1666 were commissioned by confraternity of St Joseph, and elevated the nave, and constructed a presbytery, dome, and chapel dedicated to the named saint. The nave ceiling is frescoed with episodes of the Infancy of Jesus and the Life of St. Joseph, painted by Giovanni Maria Conti, called della Camera, and his assistants Francesco Reti and Antonio Lombardi. The altar has wooden polychrome statues of the Holy Family carved by Angelo Fontana and of the saints Apollonia and Lucia, by Giovanni Battista Merano. In the 1900s, architect Edoardo Collamarini worked to revert the facade of the church to its original Romanesque style.
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  • Beautiful and amazing picturesque and also very great!! I recommend it to anyone who wants to see a large church in parma
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  • I joined because I was fascinated by the façade. Unfortunately the inside should be restored in some parts. An invitation to prayer
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  • If you visit Italy as often as I do, it is a beautiful church, but you may want to pass. I don't want to under-rate it. It is a beautiful church if you haven't seen a zillion of them. If you have not,...  more »

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