The Sacred Mount / Sacro Monte

 
Sacro Monte di Oropa To the left of the main buildings of the Sanctuary is the “Sacro Monte”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a recently founded Piedmont Special Nature Reserve.
In the 17th and 18th centuries donations received by various communities of the Biella area made it possible to build twelve chapels here. Life sized painted statues made of terracotta were placed inside the chapels and show scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary. The first stones were laid in the first half of the 17th century, at a time when the whole Sanctuary complex was in a phase of maximum expansion.

The D’Enrico brothers, the Galliaris and Pietro Giuseppe and Carlo Francesco Auregio, were among the great artists involved in the painting and sculpting of the Sacro Monte project. They helped to turn the architecture of this complex into a path of faith, which developed into a real sacred landscape.

Its composition was based on popular theatre of the time and followed the model of medieval sacred theatre. The Sacro Monte is a large natural theatre where a grand spiritual experience is played out by architecture, sculpture and painting.

For the virtual visit of the Sacro Monteclick here and see the website www.sacromontedioropa.it (English version)

1. Cappella dell’Immacolata Concezione di Maria
 
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2. Cappella della Natività di Maria
 
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3. Cappella della Presentazione di Maria al Tempio


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4. Cappella della Dimora di Maria al Tempio
 
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5. Cappella dello Sposalizio di Maria
 
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6. Cappella dell’Annunciazione


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7. Cappella della Visitazione


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8. Cappella della Natività di Gesù


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9. Cappella della Purificazione di Maria

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10. Cappella delle Nozze di Cana
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11. Cappella dell’Assunzione di Maria


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12. Cappella dell’Incoronazione di Maria in cielo o “del Paradiso”


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