Sacro Monte di Crea

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Church set in a park
Jun 2021
The church is dark, but very striking, with several chapels which contain the remains of frescos, and many beautiful ceilings. This site is a bit of a misnomer since it is built on a hill rather than a mountain. It is one of the nine Sacred Mountains of northern Italy which are groups of chapels and other architectural elements erected between the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 18th century. They are dedicated to various aspects of the Catholic faith. In 2003, UNESCO registered the "Sacred Mountains of Piedmont and Lombardy" site on the World Heritage List. This Church is set in a wooded parkland which is a very popular place for picnics and family outings. The church was built in the late 1580’s around an existing sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary whose creation is traditionally attributed to Saint Eusebius of Vercelli, around 350 AD. Eusebius is also said to have installed the statue of the Madonna which is still venerated in the sanctuary. During the eighteenth century, the Sacro Monte fell into a state of neglect. Between 1796 and 1801, the incursions of the French revolutionary troops contributed to the ruin of many structures, statues, and frescoes. For some decades the Sacro Monte was abandoned, but in 1820 a community of Franciscan friars became responsible for the Sanctuary and began to restore some buildings. In 1885 a systematic restoration campaign began, supported by the bishop of Milan Nazari di Calabiana.

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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA10,905 contributions
Church set in a park
Jun 2021
The church is dark, but very striking, with several chapels which contain the remains of frescos, and many beautiful ceilings.

This site is a bit of a misnomer since it is built on a hill rather than a mountain. It is one of the nine Sacred Mountains of northern Italy which are groups of chapels and other architectural elements erected between the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 18th century. They are dedicated to various aspects of the Catholic faith.

In 2003, UNESCO registered the "Sacred Mountains of Piedmont and Lombardy" site on the World Heritage List.

This Church is set in a wooded parkland which is a very popular place for picnics and family outings.

The church was built in the late 1580’s around an existing sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary whose creation is traditionally attributed to Saint Eusebius of Vercelli, around 350 AD. Eusebius is also said to have installed the statue of the Madonna which is still venerated in the sanctuary.

During the eighteenth century, the Sacro Monte fell into a state of neglect. Between 1796 and 1801, the incursions of the French revolutionary troops contributed to the ruin of many structures, statues, and frescoes. For some decades the Sacro Monte was abandoned, but in 1820 a community of Franciscan friars became responsible for the Sanctuary and began to restore some buildings. In 1885 a systematic restoration campaign began, supported by the bishop of Milan Nazari di Calabiana.
Written 25 August 2021
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Hyoga83
Bordeaux, France486 contributions
Not bad
Sep 2020
Not an amazing place, but worth a stop to see the small chapels and the nature surrounding them. As a Unesco freak I had to visit this Sacro Monte but I'm not sure everyone will enjoy it, to be honest! Parking in the area is practical
Written 6 January 2021
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Frank V
Meldert, Belgium40 contributions
Perfect for a picknick!
Aug 2019 • Family
Nice walk around the chapels. Great views and perfect for a picknick under the trees. Ideal combination with wine tasting at Tenuta Tenaglia just around the corner.
Written 18 August 2019
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Rik R
Hilversum, The Netherlands48 contributions
Creative and eccelent food
Aug 2017 • Couples
Great ristorante. Authentic Piemontese food of superb quality. Excellent vitello tonato ( no mayonaise!!), insalata russa ( no mayonaise (!) and flan di zucchine con fonduta. Great chef and kind personel which explains with pride their 'cucina della nonna' ( grandmothers kitchen). Chapeau for this restaurant.
Written 26 August 2017
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Jacopo979
Milan, Italy84 contributions
Holy place
Aug 2016 • Friends
Definitely stop here and have a taste of the beauty of the relaxing surrings. The sanctuary itself is really preatty and there are a couple of walks you can do around this holy mount.
Written 29 September 2016
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Simoneb11111
Barcelona, Spain22 contributions
Good day out
Aug 2016
We found no problems parking, everything was explained well in both Italian & English, it was very clean & well kept, the day we were there there was a brass band playing which we really enjoyed.
Written 23 August 2016
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Annette F
Miami580 contributions
Amazingly beautiful church and shrines
Jun 2016 • Friends
This world heritage site is a must see in the Piedmont. The church is just breath-taking. Perhaps the most interesting is the corridor filled with ex-votos offered to the Virgin for saving members from death and illness - quite a history.

Then climb the mountain to see as many shrines as possible to the Paradise at the summit. The view is astounding, until you enter the shrine to see the assumption of Mary in life-size sculptures. No wonder it's a world heritage site.
Written 19 July 2016
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Susan D
Melbourne, Australia84 contributions
Disappointing compared to other sanctuaries
Oct 2015 • Solo
Set on top of a hill amongst a woodland this sanctuary was not as I expected. The church was so dark it was depressing! The room beside the church of momentoes left by people did not give the church any uplifting feeling. The chapels are lovely buildings set within the woodlands and offers a pleasant walk. As it was Autumn the colour of the trees made it lovely and it was empty of other visitors. I would imagine in summer there would be a lot of people seeking the shade. The statues in some chapels were interesting but many need restoration or light was too poor to see. Compared to other sanctuaries I have visited I did not find it an uplifting experience.
Written 1 November 2015
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Shawn D
Springfield, IL39 contributions
Beautiful church in a lovely park-like setting
Jul 2015 • Couples
We traveled to this beautiful church at the suggestion of our friends at La Quercia Rossa. The church is beautiful with many touching votive pictures in thanksgiving for blessings received.
Written 6 August 2015
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Mainemermaid
Belfast, ME144 contributions
A cool retreat for warm weather
This secluded hilltop monastery provides a shady destination and outdoor walks. The open central courtyard has an old chapel, souvenir shop and 3 restaurants. There are lots of picnic tables. A series of rustic trails lead to many small sacred buildings among the trees. On a Tuesday in mid-April we had the place to ourselves, but judging by the large parking area I suspect it is much busier on weekends and holidays.
Written 14 April 2015
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