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Sacro Monte, Varallo

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Religious Site Historic Site
The Sacred Mountain of Varallo is a Sacro Monte overlooking the town of Varallo Sesia in Piedmont, northern Italy. It is the oldest Sacro Monte, founded in 1491 by Franciscan friar Bernardino Caimi. It is built on a natural terrace on the rocky slopes of Monte Tre Croci, on the left bank of the Sesia river where it leaves Val Mastallone. It is 600 m above sea level, 150 m above the historic centre of Varallo.
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  • I'm not in any way religious but I was fascinated by this chapel displays of biblical scenes. It's a bit of walk through all the chapels but worth it. Cable car/funicular (can't remember which) gets y...  more »
  • The cable car makes the Sacro Monte easily accessible. We didn't get a guide, and just wondered around the chapels, delighted at the way the models made the bible stories human scale. And also very lo...  more »
  • The Sacro Monte is accessible by trail or cable car and the hike to the Tre Croce (3 crosses) is well worth the effort.  more »
  • Very significant monument in the art of Piedmont from Renaissance to Baroque. Northern Italy's top artists working to create scenery, architecture, statues and frescoes. Gaudenzio Ferrari, Morazzone, Tanzio da Varallo, Giovanni d'enrico and other lesser-known artists to the public such as Michele Prestinari and Fiammenghini create a sacred city of art set in a botanical garden of natural interest. Unfortunately the delicate balance of the ecosystem and of terracotta statues cannot be monitored by optimal restorations, whereby the biochemical degradation and damage are present in about one-third or more of the chapels. Lack of funding continue, despite the inscription in Unesco heritage. This prevents the wide audience to appreciate the high quality and committed research techniques in a village of 1,000 inhabitants were being implemented. Degradation discourages and prevents it from assessing the Viewer. Prof Herman Paleari, Storia dell'arte, Milan.
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  • Very nice place, quiet and shady. There is an amazing reconstruction with statues of all the stations of the cross. Really worth a visit.
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  • Five star, gladdened by children gathering of speakers of Novara
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  • Sacro Monte di Varallo, the oldest and most important sacred mountain in the Alps ... 45 chapels, 800 statues ... The patrimony of Humanity ... I keep saying, "you're lucky".
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  • Amazing place to visit!
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