Basilica di Santa Maria di Nazareth, Sestri Levante

The church of St Mary of Nazareth is a Renaissance religious building in the town of Sestri Levante, in the Gulf of Tigullio in the Province of Genoa. Located in the center of the old village of Sestri Levante, adjacent to the town hall, its parish community is part of the Diocese of Chiavari.HistoryA chapel at the site, dedicated to Mary, is documented as early as 1368, but by 1604, following the sale of a plot by the local nobleman Bernardo Bolasco, construction of the present church began. The final consolidation of the isthmus with the headland, known locally as "Island", which led to the expansion of Sestri Levante, and linked the community to the existing church of St. Nicholas, located at top of the island is already home parish, was therefore more suitable for the spiritual needs of the population.The construction of the church over 12 years was entrusted to the architect Giovanni Battista Carbone. The church inherited the title of co-cathedral of the diocese of Brugnato from the existing church of St. Nicolò. It was the seat of synods, diocesan from 1675 to 1725 and home of the bishops of the diocese from the sixteenth to the 18th century. Elected to the title of Collegiate Church in 1755, it was named a minor basilica on June 22 of 1962. A few years later he switched to the Diocese of Chiavari (1959).
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  • On the promenade of Sestri this very beautiful church inside is very convenient because practically just a few meters from the two beaches.
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  • Built between 1604 and 1616, has three naves that still retains its Baroque appearance. The high altar, filled with marbles, presents a particular statue of the Virgin, which, together with the Cherubim, steady the Holy House. Very fine chandeliers surrounding the statue.
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  • We had missed this church on previous visits and this time we came across it accidentally. It is located very near the train station in Venice, -a wonderful baroque church to visit. Constructed around...  more »
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