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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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  • This church is quite far from the town centre but if you combine the visit with other monuments (SS. Annunziata, Santa Maria del Quartiere, Ducal Gardens), it should be a nice walk. The three churches...  more »
  • A church in Parma less known than others but none the less important. Located at the entrance of the historical centre of the city, then slightly over traditional tourist routes, is truly a hidden gem. The 16th century façade hides and conceals the surprise that you are entering, a Romanesque architectural base. The nave columns and capitals gem. Not to mention the rest ... Well worth a visit. Cultural note, the parish priest, a great lover of music and icons, never misses an opportunity to provide citizens with beautiful Gregorian concerts and organ repertoire (the historic organ is another treat).
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  • not far from the Ducal garden away from the major attractions of Parma is the Chiesa di Santa Croce, the beautiful and ancient temple built of IX-XII centuries. A beautiful painted ceiling of the Church and Gothic columns still attract both tourists and believers.
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