Sacro Monte di Crea, Serralunga di Crea

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The Sacro Monte di Crea is a Roman Catholic sanctuary in the comune of Serralunga di Crea, Piedmont, northern Italy. It is reached via a steeply ascending route which winds through a wooded natural park, whose flora where catalogued by the Casalese photographer and polymath Francesco Negri.HistoryConstruction began in 1589, around an existing sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary whose creation is traditionally attributed to Saint Eusebius of Vercelli, around 350 AD. Eusebius is also said to have installed the statue of the Madonna which is still venerated in the sanctuary.The chapels dedicated to the Mysteries of the Rosary were positioned around the one-thousand-year-old Marian sanctuary on the highest of the hills of Basso Monferrato. As time passed the initial scheme of the monumental layout was altered on a number of occasions and in 1820 significant restoration work began after its partial destruction.The parkSince 1980, woods and a few agricultural land surrounding the Sacro Monte have been preserved as the Parco naturale del Sacro Monte di Crea, whose area is 34hectare where visitors can admire some plant species no longer widely found elsewhere.
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  • Definitely stop here and have a taste of the beauty of the relaxing surrings. The sanctuary itself is really preatty and there are a couple of walks you can do around this holy mount.  more »
  • We found no problems parking, everything was explained well in both Italian & English, it was very clean & well kept, the day we were there there was a brass band playing which we really enjoyed.  more »
  • This world heritage site is a must see in the Piedmont. The church is just breath-taking. Perhaps the most interesting is the corridor filled with ex-votos offered to the Virgin for saving members fro...  more »
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  • Also this Sacro Monte is absolutely worth seeing.
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