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Sacro Monte, Varallo

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Religious Site Landmark
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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  • You have three ways to reach it: through a "trail" with stone steps, via cable car or car. The visit to the chapels and the Church is interesting though in my opinion should be given better the sequence in which see them: it is true that are numbered but the signs are few and sometimes it is hard to understand what is the path. The sight of Varallo is great as the atmosphere and you will also find a restaurant and two bars plus a shop souvenirs (as material a bit antiquito). There are also coffee tables to make the pic nick. If you are in the area I would definitely recommend a visit.
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  • I knew, of course, the sacred mountain, but watch it again after so many years was a pleasant surprise. Chapels filled with charm, (some ache of dust ...) where the restorations continue, clean and tidy, nice, really!
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  • A must see. Every little corner has something interesting, the numerous chapels are one more beautiful than the other. A splendid place.
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  • 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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