Santa Maria del Carmine Church

Pavia, Italy

Santa Maria del Carmine is considered amongst the best examples of Lombard Gothic architecture. It was begun in 1374 by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Duke of Milan, on a project attributed to Bernardo da Venezia. The construction followed a slow pace, and was restarted in 1432, being finished in 1461.

Exterior

The church has an imposing façade commanding the square with the same name; the slender forms betray a residual Romanesque influence, although the decorations are undoubutably of Lombard Gothic style. The façade is divided into five vertical compartments by six pilasters surmounted by spires. The three central sectors have a portal each, remade by Giuseppe Marchesi in 1854. Over the portals are four large ogival mullioned windows and an elaborated rose window in brickwork.

The bell tower, dating to c. 1450, has numerous friezes and a triple mullioned window with marble columns.

Interior

The interior is characterized by an inspiring penumbra, and is on the Latin cross plan with a nave and numerous lateral chapels with frescoes and paintings.

In the transept are also precious 15th-century frescoes, while the sacristy (1576) has façade with Baroque stuccoes. Also notable is the Gothic tabernacle (1449) and the marble altar of the presbytery.

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Via del Carmine 11, Pavia, Italy
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Founded: 1374-1461
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Raquel Gaspar (7 months ago)
It is the church were I felt more at peace, the ambience, music and almost no one inside when I visit made me stay there for quite a while, I felt at home, and it is beautiful.
Azamat Sydykov (2 years ago)
Very beautiful and convenient place, king workers and cozy atmosphere
Kabogera Pilipi (2 years ago)
I like the structure of the church and it's beautiful inside the colors the statues
Adam Granicz (5 years ago)
Stunning church, well worth a visit!
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