Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, Varallo

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  • What a gem! If you go to the Sacro Monte, please stop off in the town of Varallo to see this gorgeous church, in my opinion more beautiful than the sanctuary. 
    What a gem! If you go to the Sacro Monte, please stop off in the town of Varallo to see this gorgeous church, in my opinion more beautiful than the sanctuary.  more »
  • all the pilgrims coming to Varallo had a preview of Sacro Monte in this church , which is located at the start of the cable car. 
    all the pilgrims coming to Varallo had a preview of Sacro Monte in this church , which is located at the start of the cable car.  more »
  • This is a can’t-miss place in Varallo, the most beautiful church of the area, even better than the sanctuary 
    This is a can’t-miss place in Varallo, the most beautiful church of the area, even better than the sanctuary  more »
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  • Such an amazing place in the middle of Varallo! The church has the famous fresco from Gaudenzio Ferrari, important artist form the Renaissance. Through the App “Gaudenzio”, made by Politecnico di Torino and Ulixe Group, in collaboration with Abbonamento Musei, it is possible to discover more about its details using augmented reality
  • The modest exterior hides a surprising fresco on the front wall, before the main altar. It describes in 22 pictures the life and passion of Jesus. It has other interesting elements that deserve to be appreciated. But the fresco requires a visit to this church!
  • The church, with a single nave, was built in 1497 in late Gothic style at the behest of the Franciscan friar Bernardino Caimi, also creator of the nearby Sacro Monte. Its exterior, bare and modest, should not be misleading: the inside of the building houses the partition entirely frescoed by Gaudenzio Ferrari (1475/1480 - 1546), in which the grandiose central Crucifixion is surrounded by twenty panels illustrating The Life and Passion of Christ. It is therefore one of the most artistically important Biblia Pauperum in the whole of northern Italy. The pictorial cycle, created in 1513, is probably the supreme masterpiece of the Piedmontese painter, perhaps even superior to the Concerto degli Angeli frescoed on the vault of the dome of the Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine dei Miracoli in Saronno. An unmissable visit for all art lovers.
  • At the base of the Sacred Mount stands the church, and Franciscan convent, of Santa Maria delle Grazie, a church in simple Gothic forms according to the model desired by Bernardino da Siena, namely the separation of the celebration of rites and that reserved for preaching. The separation was achieved with a partition normally painted, as background to the preaching. This partition follows the canonical structure: three arched openings on the base of the wall, above it is divided into twenty paintings of equal size and a central square is equivalent to the space of four panels. Opera magnificent!
  • In a supposedly closed monastery we were fortunate enough to find this church open. The church is a real gem, one of the most beautiful I know. The frescoes everywhere seem to be of high artistic value. The radiance of this place is not magnificent and bright, but rather calm and dusky, a place made for a heartfelt prayer or meditation. Unfortunately, the beautiful city of Varallo was only a stopover.

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