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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Maddalena C. (2 years ago)
Beautiful church, gorgeous frescoes and a wonderful organ! We really liked the fact that the mass is projected on a screen located outside for all those who have no place inside.
Francesco Garri (2 years ago)
I've been to this church for a wedding. I liked it very much.
Fabio Besuzzi (2 years ago)
The site allows us to understand the evolution of spaces and premises: from a refreshment point of the Roman era, to the current church, with a look at the prehistoric era. Numerous artifacts enrich this site. To appreciate the passion of the volunteers to transmit and preserve this piece of history. The tour takes about 45 minutes and is almost completely below the floor level of the current church.
Giovanni Pollarolo (3 years ago)
It Is very important for the story of the region.
Puccio 66 (4 years ago)
Majestic church dating back to the 7th century and entrusted to the Benedictines composed of a crypt with three naves and valuable stone columns surmounted by capitals made by Piedmontese and Lombard masters. In 1400 the spaces are remodeled to support the apse above with three naves in Romanesque style with large choir, several altars and a bell tower to one side. Over time it has undergone important and expensive jobs. It houses valuable frescoes by Giacomo d 'Ivrea, in the choir wall paintings of the master Filippo da Varallo. Under the church floor traces dating back to the Bronze / Iron Age have been discovered up to the II-III-IV century AD and nuclei of spa facilities.
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