Santa Croce Church

Mortara, Italy

The original church at the site of Santa Croce was founded in 1080, outside the walls of the village under the patronage of Pope Gregory VII. With the expansion of the town, the church was rebuilt in 1596 using designs of Pellegrino Tibaldi.

One of the holy relics of the church is putatively a foot print of Christ, though made of Carrara marble, and, according to the tradition, dating back to the period of the Crusades. It is located between two of the chapels on a pilaster strip. In the third chapel on the right there is a canvas depicting the Adoration of Magi (1533) by Bernardino Lanino. In the fourth chapel, the altarpiece depicting St Michael defeating Satan by Guglielmo Caccia, also called Il Moncalvo. In the counterfacade there are two tempera canvases (1545) depicting Our Lady of the Annunciation and Archangel Gabriel, attributed to the Vigevanese painter Bernardino Ferrari.

The fourth chapel on the left exhibits a Virgin and Child and Saints by the 16th-century Venetian school and a 15th-century fresco representing St Augustine.



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Founded: 1596
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Luca Tirnusciolo (18 months ago)
The abbey complex, consisting of the church and the annexed Lateran palace, was built after the destruction of the monastery of the Mortari order, which was located outside the city walls. The Lateran canons, in which the Mortarians had converged, obtained the reconstruction of a religious building with an adjoining monastery, within the walls. The Laternanese palace was built as a monastery in 1573, after the Laternanese canons were forced to leave the ancient extramural mortarial monastery. The design of the church is the work of Pellegrino Tibaldi (1527-1596). The façade was partially built and was only completed in 1957. The restorations of the 1960s changed the original internal structure of the building. Other interventions took place more recently and the main altar was renovated at the beginning of the 21st century.
Paol Mony (2 years ago)
Beautiful Good reception
SGV BoX (2 years ago)
Beautiful. Does anyone know if there is an email from the parish secretary?
Michele Longo (3 years ago)
The abbey has a Latin cross plan with a single nave. Construction began in 1592 and ended in 1598. It is 5 minutes from the Mortara railway station. There are works by famous painters Tintoretto and Bernardino Ferrari, etc. In the apse it was replaced after the restoration of La Pala with the invention of the Holy Cross, commissioned in the mid-1600s. To see it.
Stefano Masnaghetti (3 years ago)
Still not sufficiently valued, the Abbey of Santa Croce can boast a facade designed by none other than Pellegrino Tibaldi (1527 - 1596). Although its completion occurred only in 1957, the hand of the great sixteenth-century artist can be seen, which informs the church of its typical rationalizing classicism just tinged with mannerism. Also interesting is the contrast between the white of the sides and the facade, which however should be cleaned up, and the exposed brick of the bell tower and the Lateran building.
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