Convent of Monterosso al Mare

Monterosso al Mare, Italy

The Convent of Monterosso al Mare, property of the Order of Capuchin Friars Minor of the province of Genoa, has always been a landmark both for the local community and for visitors to the Cinque Terre.

From the history of Monterosso, it is clear how the Capuchin Friars have always been part of the community and a reliable spiritual reference. The Monterosso population has always loved and respected the Convent, which, together with the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Soviore, represents a deeply intense reference point of devotion.

Local residents have always had a particular veneration for this site. It has always been held in great reverence and is greatly loved by the population.

It overlooks the Monterosso Bay and is located on the promontory that separates the ancient part of the town from the Fegina locality, which has sprung up in recent times.

The convent is visible from all parts of the Cinque Terre and is a prime attraction for tourists, thanks to its historical and artistic treasures. They are reminiscent of the 1600 building in Capuchin style, with the altar and choir in wood. Among its works of art is a 'Crucifixion', attributed to Van Dyck and 'Saint Girolamo the penitent' by Luca Cambiaso. The refectory with its vaulted ceiling features Strozzi’s 'Veronica'. The convent has maintained the characteristics typical of the time of its origins, in addition to the sublime view invites contemplation.



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Founded: 1618
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Daniel Anderson (6 months ago)
This a a wonderfully peaceful and serene church. When we first visited late one afternoon, there was a recording of Gregorian chants that enhanced the beauty and serenity. We have returned today for Sunday 11:15 Mass and were rewarded by choir warming up before Mass. it’s a bit of a climb as I was huffing and puffing but surely doable if you take your time and a few rest breaks. You will be rewarded for your efforts. Also, there is a Van Dyke painting in the front left chapel. Enjoy!
Jose Sosa Rueda (8 months ago)
This is a must-see church in 5 terre. The hike up is easy, but under the hot summer, it can get a little uncomfortable for some. Regardless, the views from the lookout are great; and the church's interior is peaceful and well maintained. There was ambiance music - at a low volume - to add even more atmosphere.
Horia Banciu (8 months ago)
This convent is situated right on the top of San Cristoforo hill. It was built in 1622 and dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi. It lays in a green, quiet garden that can be reached by climbing brick and stone stairs. Once in the top, an astonishing view of Monterosso al Mare coast can be seen.
Will Carter (9 months ago)
The church location offers great views, but it is important to walk in and view. The inside is very ornate and gives visitors a great feel for an old monastery in Cinque Terre. Learn about the history of the church and Friar Francis, as it is very interesting.
Chhanda Barman (9 months ago)
The convent is quite a hike up from the old town but worth it. The convent itself is very peaceful and beautiful. And you get an amazing view of the town and the sea from up there.
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