Collegiata di Santa Maria

Collegiata di Santa Maria, Castell'Arquato: Address, Collegiata di Santa Maria Reviews: 4.5/5

Collegiata di Santa Maria
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h_poelmann
hanoi112 contributions
beauty in simplicity
Aug 2018 • Couples
It is a beautiful experience to take in the simplicity of this era through visiting this town. Also the Collegiata is beautiful and one should take some time to let it sink in. Not just make your snapshot and move on. Take a coffee on a terrace nearby, stroll quietly through the aisles of the church and take your time feeling the quiet.
after all that enjoy a wonderful lunch or dinner
Written 10 September 2018
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Roastspud
South Coast239 contributions
Beautiful
Sep 2017 • Friends
This church is amazing. Whether a 'believer' or not, this is a 'must see'. The age of the building, its architecture and the artwork inside is to be savoured and the setting is simply stunning.
Written 6 September 2017
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Annalisa
Monza, Italy615 contributions
Take a free visit
Aug 2016 • Couples
La Collegiata is a church devoted to Mother Mary located in the main square of medieval Castell'Arquato.
This church dates back to 758 AC, but it was completely rebuilt after the hearthquake that devastated the area in 1117.
The church can be visited for free, and it is definitely worthy!
Written 23 January 2017
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judith l
Westminster, CO467 contributions
Vestments, chalices, internal courtyards, paintings, objects, altar pieces, chalices.
Oct 2016 • Couples
Lots here even to those of varying degrees of religious enthusiasms. The vestments are lovely, and intricate, and show the highlights of a time of investment in church glory.
Written 2 October 2016
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miracle1Bucks
London, UK78 contributions
We had our beautiful Wedding there in September 2006
Mar 2016 • Family
Absolutely beautiful, the Church is lovely and simple yet the architecture is stunning in itself. Not pretentious. Set in the beautiful grounds of Castell'Arquato, offering fantastic views over the hills, you have the Tower and the a lovely square, as well as the City Hall opposite to it.

No regrets getting married there at all! And the Priest was amazing!! He was so lovely.
Written 13 March 2016
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Yikai
5 contributions
Beautify and old
Aug 2015 • Friends
0.5 euro can light up the room for 1 mins to see the painting on the wall. How clever ...
I quite support them to do it this way because this old church might costs a fortune to maintain a good condition
Written 23 August 2015
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sdias525_11
Palm Beach, FL76 contributions
Historic and Romantic
Apr 2014 • Couples
Had our wedding in April 2014 after visiting the Collegiata 3 times before. This is perhaps the most beautiful thing to see in Castell' Arquato.
Written 12 May 2014
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mikils
Florence, Italy42 contributions
one of the best medioeval sight in today's world
Oct 2013 • Family
The collegiata (a church that is more than a Parish but less than an Abbey, being serviced by a college of several secular priests rather than monks) that tops the hill on which Castell'Arquato is buit - a setting pretty commonplace in Tuscany or Umbria but almost unique in Emilia Romagna - shows to the panting visitor his perfectly preserved back side, featuring no less than four apses. the normal three are flanked by a fourth, squatter version which houses the remains of the baptismal fount, the older relic of the church that burned down in XI century and was superseded by the present one. This wonderful array, flanked on the left by the grim Visconti stronghold, and on the right by the late middle age government palace, would be one of the best preserved and prettiest sight of the middle age in Italy, if only it would not be wronged by the rim of parked cars that contours all the building on the esplanade. to enter the church you pass through the fortress and the church, in a quiet garden, and then reach the front side of the church via a smaller and older square. somehow, the builders must have realized that the façade of the church was never to be consider the most important entrance, and left it almost bare of decorations, building a huge gate with magnificent carvings and a figurative lunette in the left side of the church instead. The interior, beautifuly preserved, features several capitels with beautiful carvings, and an altar and a lectern fashioned using sculptures from a mnuch larger and ancient one. On the right side, one can enter the baptistry, to wonder at the ancient font made for submersion of the neophite, or go into the St. Joseph chapel, decorated in the baroque style, where you can see a painting of the Virgin with the child with a nice landscape of the then intact town in the background. The S. Catherine Chapel was withewashed in the baroque period, so that only 150 year ago an art professor discovered the cycle of S.Catherina, and started to restore and studi the sensational frescoes.
do not forget to visit the Church museum, left when leaving the church from the façade, which houses some gorgeous ancient fabric, a great collection of parchement, some really unique late middle age piece of furniture.
Written 19 October 2013
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