The current structure of Chiesa Parrocchiale di Saint-Vincent, with a large circular apse, dates back to the 15th century, when important changes were made to a probable, pre-existing Romanesque building. For some time it conserved certain parish church prerogatives (festive functions and cemetery), even though it was never a parish church.The apse vault has a beautiful series of ribbed stone. Recent restoration removed the modern structures and decor, in an attempt to restore the church to its original appearance. In the past, on Easter Monday, the so-called “vineyard procession” took place, which in almost six hours passed through all the villages and chapels on the Saint-Vincent hillside.



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Founded: 15th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Donatella Venturin (2 years ago)
Nella via centrale di Saint Vincent si può ammirare questa caratteristica Chiesa medioevale
Patrick Jeanbourquin (2 years ago)
Une petite église vraiment magnifique. Lorsque l’on rentre, on y ressent une atmosphère très particulière, très calme et agréable. C’est une jolie petite église typique de la région. Une très jolie architecture, un Aménagement intérieur magnifique. La porte est ouverte. Il suffit d’entrer, de visiter. On peut allumer des bougies, admirer des livres et de nombreuses décorations magnifiques.
Svetoslav Iliev (2 years ago)
Трябва да опитате от всичко.Сладоледа е невероятен особено има фастъка.
Giancarlo Pevarello (2 years ago)
Bella chiesa frutto di numerosi rimaneggiamenti nel corso dei secoli. Molto bella abside. Ottima acustica
Jean-Denis Hosquet (2 years ago)
Chiesa molto bella a livello architettonico e culturale. Acustica molto buona e organo appena ristrutturato che ha un suono molto bello.
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