The Sacro Monte of Orta
Facing the promontory overlooking Lake Orta, where the vegetation alternates with spectacular views of the lake, the route of the Sacri Monti runs through gardens and woods surrounding the twenty chapels, the interior of which illustrated with sculptures and paintings episodes of the life of St. Francis in analogy with the life of Jesus.
The first time that the community thought to create a religious itinerary on the model of the Sacred Mount of Varallo dates back to 1583, but it only became a reality in 1590 thanks to the contribution of the Abbot Amico Canobio from Novara, and according to the project defined by the Capuchin architect Cleto from Castelletto Ticino, who arranged the architectural works in the natural landscape and in spectacular area overlooking the lake. The scenes populated by statues and paintings of great realism, alternate an intimate and natural style typical of the early seventeenth century with the lively Baroque style of the end of the century thanks to important artists such as the Fiammenghini, Morazzone, Cristoforo Prestinari, the d'Enrico brothers, Dionigi Bussola and many others.
The route of the procession ends at the Church of St. Nicholas, a proto-Romanesque building, completely redesigned during the seventeenth century in accordance with the style of the lower Basilica of Assisi, which houses the ancient group of wooden statues of the Our Lady of Mercy (XIV century). The beauty of the landscape and the quiet of the surroundings are in perfect harmony with Franciscan spirituality.
Map of the Sacro Monte
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