Santa Maria di Castello

Genoa, Italy

Santa Maria di Castello is a church and religious complex located in the Castello hill of the city, where in the Middle Ages a bishop's fortified castle existed. The church is flanked by the large Tower of the Embriaci.

The church, in Romanesque style, was erected before 900 AD. It houses many artworks commissioned by the main noble families of Genoa, by artists such as Francesco Maria Schiaffino, Lorenzo Fasolo, Alessandro Gherardini, Giuseppe Palmieri, Francesco Boccaccino, Pier Francesco Sacchi, Bernardo Castello, Aurelio Lomi and Tommaso Orsolino. Notable are the frescoes with Stories of David and the painted majolicas from the 16th century Genoese school.

The high altar is decorated by a marble group of the 'Assumption' by Domenico Parodi (late 17th century), while the chapel to the left of the presbytery has a Santa Rosa da Lima by Domenico Piola and a marble cover by Taddeo Carlone. The fourth chapel in the left aisle has a Madonna del Rosario by the workshop of Anton Maria Maragliano, while the first chapel has a painting attributed to Giovanni Battista Paggi (early 17th century).

The baptistery has a polyptych from Lombard masters of the 15th century. The main portal is in Tuscan style (mid-15th century), and is surmounted by a Gothic lunette of the 14th century with a 'Crucifixion'.

The loggia facing the second cloister has frescoes of Saints, a Madonna and, on the first floor, an Annunciation by Giusto d'Alemagna (1451). In the upper floor has a statue of 'St. Catherina of Alexandria' and a marble tabernacle attributed to Domenico Gagini (15th century).

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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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DAVID SNYDER (2 years ago)
Beautiful church with some remarkable works of art.
Eva Nagy (2 years ago)
It's not easy to find. The church is beautiful.
Nidhi (2 years ago)
It was quite difficult to find this place. It was quite some climb especially difficult with the stroller. A monumental complex consisting of a church with 5 cloisters: three Renaissance of 1400, one medieval and one Romanesque both of the eleventh century. Cloisters are free. From the outside the complex of Santa Maria di Castello gives nothing away. Squeezed in between buildings constructed next to it over the centuries you would never imagine how large or complex this is.
Morten Skov Nielsen (2 years ago)
Had a really nice guided tour.
Tracey Eve Winton (2 years ago)
Had the most amazing tour by a kind volunteer. The church is filled with interesting artworks.
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