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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  • August 16, 2017
    You can reach the site by cable car or the road. Parking, restaurant, bar are in the vicinity of the site. When you penetrate the atmosphere is contemplation. More than 40 of chapels retrace the last days of Jesus with statues. Don't forget to contemplate the ceilings of the chapels, which are real works of art. You will end with the magnificent Church. A beautiful moment of recollection but the site it wants very educational with these beautiful characters that form a magnificent paintings. Extraordinary view over the village and the surrounding area.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Unique place ... 45 chapels, 800 statues, 1000 paintings ... enough said! A bit difficult to go with stroller
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  • August 15, 2017
    Beautiful place wrapped in the tranquility of the garden neat and clean. The chapels are very nice
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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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