Santa Maria delle Vigne

Genoa, Italy

Santa Maria delle Vigne is a Roman Catholic basilica church in Genoa, northern Italy. It is known from the 10th century. The main altar was completed in 1730 by Giacomo Antonio Ponsonelli. The church is also the final resting place of the leading early Italian composer Alessandro Stradella, who was murdered in 1682.

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Founded: 10th century AD
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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DAVID SNYDER (7 months ago)
Beautiful basilica with some extraordinary artwotks and wonderfully frescoed naves.
Michel Vincelette (9 months ago)
I have visited many worship over the world, I have to say this is one of the best I have ever seen. Attention to details is impressive. Within this church there are not many untouched surfaces. Just beautiful, if you are going to go see one church in Genoa, I would recommend this one be it.
Marta Parra (11 months ago)
Free pass for visit a little jewel of barroquian style. I strongly recommend it!
Markus Wiedemeier (12 months ago)
Impressive church a wonderful experience hidden in the city center although large it cannot be find immediately without searching for it
Dwayne Campbell (13 months ago)
Amazing architecture and attention to detail. Appears as if everything is constructed with marble that is cold to the touch.
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