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Sacro Monte of Domodossola

Surrounded by the Alps and the typical villages with slopes still used to cultivate vineyards of ancient origin close to Switzerland, the Sacred Mount winds from the village of Domodossola up to the hills of Mattarella, a place of very ancient origins where Roman and Lombard building materials, ceramics and utensils were found along with a marble headstone dating back to 539 A.D., reused in the courtyard of the medieval castle which went destroyed in 1415 by the Swiss.  
The Sacred Mount project was undertaken in 1656 by the Capuchin friars Gioacchino da Cassano and Andrea da Rho to represent The Passion and Death of Jesus in life-size images in a Biblia pauperum of sorts.  When Napoleon disbanded the monastic orders in 1810, the Capuchin friars were cast away and the convent turned into military barracks. In 1828, the complex returned to life thanks to a new religious order founded by the priest and philosopher Antonio Rosmini from the Trentino region. The construction of the other chapels resumed and continued until the early twentieth century.

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Ente di gestione dei Sacri Monti, Riserva speciale del Sacro Monte di Domodossola

B.ta S.M. Calvario n.5 , 28845 Domodossola

Phone: +39.0324 241976 Fax: +39.0324 247749 E-mail: Web Site:

Rosminian Fathers - Center of Rosminian Spirituality

Sacro Monte Calvario , 28845 Domodossola

Phone: +39.0324 242010 Fax: +39.0324 44460 E-mail: Web Site:

Sacri Monti Educational

Visita Sacri Monti Educational

Questo portale è un progetto finanziato a valere sui fondi della Legge 20 febbraio 2006, n. 77
Misure speciali di tutela e fruizione dei siti italiani di interesse culturale, paesaggistico e ambientale inseriti nella lista del patrimonio mondiale posti sotto la tutela dell'UNESCO
This work was carried out with funds made available under Law 77 of 20 February 2006

Progetto Interreg "MAIN10ANCE" ID 473472

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Progetto GAL TERRE DEL SESIA: PSR 2014-20, MISURA 7.6.4





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