"'SACRED MOUNTAIN'" Varallo by white_smallstar

Varallo Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 25 photos


It is the oldest Sacro Monte in Piedmont .
It is made up of 44 Chapels, some of which are isolated, while others are part of monumental groups. They are rich in more than 800 life-size wooden and multicoloured terracotta statues. They represent the life, the Passion, and the death of Christ draw with a realistic precision.

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The Sacro Monte was created by architects (G. Alessi, B. Alfieri), painters, and sculptors (G. Ferrari, Giovanni D'Enrico, Tanzio da Varallo, E. Prestinari, the Morazzone).
The devotional complex was founded in 1491 and it is the oldest of the Sacri Monti (Sacred Mountains) and the most important one from the artistic and religious point of view.
The area lying within the sacred fence is divided into two well-distinct areas.
- The first is rich in plants and green, and it is organized like a garden dotted by the presence of various chapels.
- The second area is situated on the top, preceded by the Porta Aurea, and it is made up of small buildings full of porticoes facing the two squares of Tempio (the religious square) and Tribunali (the civil square), in the attempt to repropose the town of Jerusalem.


From its natural terrace you can enjoy a view of the whole area, from Bassa Valsesia to Monte Fenera.
In the North-West it is possible to see in the background the massif of Mt. Rosa.

  • Last visit to Varallo: Aug 2007
  • Intro Updated Jul 6, 2010
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  • call_me_rhia's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    y husband went to school there... thanks for the tips and photos.. he hasn ot taken me yet... where in piemonte are you btw? anywhere near caluso?

  • Dec 15, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    so many little gems in italy, who has time to explore them all?!?! nice work nico, i enjoyed discovering this place!

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Anothe place I should visit one day!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    thats an interesting place to go, thanks for sharing, Nico !

  • painterdave's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2007 at 1:53 AM

    Wow, Sacro Monte was a great collaboration. I am sorry I missed it. You must have studied this place while learning to be an architect. Interesting.


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