Basilica di Santa Maria della Steccata (Madonna della Steccata)

Basilica di Santa Maria della Steccata (Madonna della Steccata), Parma

Basilica di Santa Maria della Steccata (Madonna della Steccata)

Basilica di Santa Maria della Steccata (Madonna della Steccata)
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7:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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Off their P
Manchester, UK3,637 contributions
Couples
Time was against us so we couldn’t actually go in this building but still appreciated it for its beauty.

Set just outside the main square it dominates the area and is very beautiful indeed.

It takes a while to walk around it but it is definitely worth doing as you appreciate it more as you get different angles of it.

There arealso signs to tell you about its history and it is a fascinating part of what is a extremely beautiful city.
Written June 21, 2022
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Nataliia G
Moscow, Russia521 contributions
This Church in honor of our lady was built in 1521 -1539 in imitation of St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome. It was painted by Parmigianino (1530-1540), a famous portrait painter and engraver. There is also the tomb of the Dukes of the house of Farnese and the Bourbons.
Written January 22, 2020
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JoeBaileyCole
Lisbon District, Portugal821 contributions
Friends
I visited the Basilica di Santa Maria della Steccata three times. Upon entering, you will see a very moving marble pieta by an unidentified sculptor. I much admired the frescoes by Parmigianino on the arch above the main altar, the fresco of the Coronation of the Virgin by Michelangelo Anselmi (designed by Giulio Romano) in the eastern apse above the high altar, and the stunning fresco of The Assumption of Mary painted by Bernardino Gatti in the dome. The organ, if you are fortunate enough to hear it, is also magnificent, originally built in 1574 by Benedetto Antegnati and restored to its glory in 1970 by Tamburini. The basilica is in the plan of a Greek cross in the style of Bramante, and is one of the finest examples of Renaissance Art in Parma. The ornaments and the great balustrade that runs around the arms of the cross are the work of Mauro Oddi and dating around the end of the seventeenth century while the interior is due to several masters of the Renaissance Parma. A MUST TO SEE IN PARMA.
Written October 28, 2013
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Tonybythesea
Hastings, UK206 contributions
Business
Respect the local tradition. ladies should be modestly dressed, gents with shirts & no skimpy shorts. There is a lot of history about this place, and deserves a visit.
Written July 30, 2015
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Kirby N
Concord, NC152 contributions
Couples
We were not going to stop by due to the break between lunch and re-opening mid-afternoon, but as we passed by realized people were still entering the building, so we followed on in. Although similar to many of the other huge churches in Italy, it is worth a stop, although I woul dnot have made this my main focus for the day.
Written May 26, 2019
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545medva
Budapest, Hungary3,972 contributions
Couples
Sometimes it is called the little brother of the cathedral. I think with it treasures it is one of the top ten attraction in Parma.
Written August 30, 2015
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA21,992 contributions
This Shrine of Santa Maria della Steccata, is an interesting Baroque building in a Roman catholic country, as the layout is that of a Greek Renaissance church with a centralized dome and four corner chapels. (Or the Symbol for the Knights of saint George) The name derives from the fence or steccato used to control the numerous pilgrims who visited this image of the Nursing Madonna. Originally in 1392 the location had a small building holding a miraculous image of St. John the Baptist, and nearby another equally miraculous image of the Virgin and child. The Powers that be decided in 1521 to combine both miracles under one roof, and commissioned architects Bernardino Zaccagni and his son Giovanni Francisco to build a new church. The central dome is attributed Gian Francesco d'Agrate in 1527 and the church was consecrated in 1539, the sacristy was rebuilt over the following centuries. The interior was decorated by a variety of artists, both local and foreign, and the Baroque altar in the choir was begun by Mauro Oddi and completed in 1758-1765 by Andrea and Domenico della Meschina. Overhaul the interior of the church is dark.

PS: Do not forget to check out the Museum for the order of Saint George, also attached to the Church.
Written August 31, 2019
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stinkwink
Sydney, Australia7,389 contributions
Depends on your interest, maybe you find the history of this basilica even more exciting, than the building itself. It started in the fourteenth century, when on the house, where the current church is, a St John the Baptist image was painted, that soon had a reputation to be miraculous and for that, to protect it, was fenced around. At the very and of the fourteenth century, a church, named San Giovanni Della Steccata was erected around it, with a fresco depicting the Virgin Mary breastfeeding the “Bambino.” Now this painting supposed to have magic power so has to be protected as well. After demolishing the original chapel, a new church was built in the first part of the sixteenth century. (How did they preserve the frescoes painted on the wall ?) The edifice promoted to a basilica has an unusual shape for an Italian church. It is set on a Greek cross plan, with semicircular apses at the end of the four arms. In all of the four corners, are chapels.
For the decoration of the church, I don't know if it had been a competition or now, but Parmigiano won it. His most famous work is on the eastern under the arch with three wise and three foolish virgins;

He didn't finish the picture; it had the same fate as Mozart's Requiem. Parmigiano started, Michelangelo Anselmi continued.
Please do not allow someone to paint a fresco on the exterior wall of the basilica, for it will once again have a marvelous reputation and a new building should have to start to protect it from scratch.
Though the Basilica has a beautiful and vibrant decoration, the interior of the Cattedrale is more impressive.
Written August 20, 2019
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Dulce A
25 contributions
Family
very beautifull, well kept, needed more infomration panels. a guided tour would have been a great help
Written April 26, 2019
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Terry C
Chiang Mai, Thailand1,042 contributions
Couples
Said to be one of the oldest cathedrals in the world, a very interesting place to visit, really nice architecture, a top tip, do not go when they are have a mass, the place gets crowded, some nice photographs
Written July 21, 2017
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