Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church

Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church

Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church
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dapper777
Monaco63,382 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
It is certainly one of the gems of Vernazza.
It is a catholic church built in the 11th century with access from a secondary entrance, located to the side of the apse, directly from the small square overlooking the marina.
The simplicity of the interior strikes and contrasts with the Baroque façade: its exposed stone walls have nothing pompous and superfluous, and invite to prayer and meditation.
Only very few decorations, among which noteworthy is a large wooden crucifix attributed to the Genoese sculptor Anton Maria Maragliano, adorn the little church.
Small but beautiful and very impressive.
From inside it is possible to see the small port and hear the roar of the waves.
If you visit Vernazza, you cannot miss this beautiful church.
Written October 20, 2021
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain21,167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
Santa Margheritte de Antiochia is the main church located in the old harbour of Vernazza, a tiny town in Cinque Terre National Park, in the North of Italy. The church is very nice and the inner part is so beautiful, also it is totally integrated in the old harbour, the most beautiful place in the town.
(See also Vernazza and Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre)
Written May 8, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,788 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This 14th century Gothic church is the main historical sight in Vernazza.
You can’t miss it. It is located on a rocky platform right beside the colourful harbour and every Vernazza tourist ends up beside the water. In any case, the creamy coloured, octagonal tower is 40 metres tall and dominates the town’s skyline. Its the first thing you see if you walk into Vernazza from Monterosso.
The entrance beside the marina is not the main entrance but it’s the one almost everyone uses (be wary of anyone asking for an entrance fee outside the church. When we were there recently, a man positioned himself by the front door and appeared to be collecting en entrance fee but it was actually a scam).
Inside the church is dimly lit and gloomy, with solid, undressed stone pillars and exposed stonework on the walls.
If, like us, you’ve hiked into Vernazza, then the church is a cool, dark sanctuary after several hours in the sun.
There is very little decoration. The white marble of the high altar stands out and a large 17th century wooden crucifix dominates the left wall. It was created by Anton Maria Maragliano, a poor Genoese artisan who became so renowned for his realistically painted wooden crucifixes and religious statues that he was sought out by the King of Spain and produced designs for the sterns of the Spanish king’s ships.
There is a good story attached to the church. Legend has it that locals were inspired to build the church after a series of strange appearances of a box of bones. A small wooden box was found along the coast and when opened, it contained the bones of Santa Margherita's hand. It’s unclear how anyone could tell that the bones belonged to the saint and weren't just a bunch of random fingers but in any case, it caused a lot of excitement - so much excitement that they rushed around and built a church to honour the saint. They must have been devastated then when a violent storm not only destroyed the church but washed away the relic. However this was not the end of the story and just a short time later, the bones reappeared, washed up in exactly the spot where they were first found. Fired up by this new miracle, the townspeople built a new church, the one we see here today.
Written January 7, 2023
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ERNIE M
Milawa, Australia354 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
Although not a grand church, i usually pop in to most churches as there is always such a feeling of calm and solitude to be found. This one dates back to the 1300's. It has an austere interior of grey and black stone. There's not much in the way of elaborate adornments but it exudes charm.
Written May 14, 2015
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DavidB9555
Tempe, AZ11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Dear Catholics:
We were there in Oct 2019 and there was a Sunday Mass at 11:00AM. In Italian of course. Only Catholic church in town.
Written October 19, 2019
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george b
West Springfield, MA135 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This simple church sits right next to the water and has a view that most churches do not have. The bells ring on the hour in one tone ,and on the 1/2 hour with another tone so you know the exact time. It does not match the churches in Rome , but it is beautiful in its own way.
Written September 11, 2019
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Marty Bielicki
Stuart, FL15,348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
Located by the small beach at the end of Vernazza on Piazza Marconi, this unique 1318 Church is not as elaborate as its other churches in Italy. Santa Margherita, nevertheless, is still charming in its Italian style.

Expanded in the 16th and 17th century, there is the distinctive octagon bell tower. Beautiful views can be had from the Doria Castle or even Ristorante Belforte—both places we highly recommend. There is a large octopus mosaic in front of the church as well as a distinctive motif inside.

The painting with Mary and Child is quite impressive. The nave and the two aisles are part of its charming character. The light inside is definitely subdued, but lends itself to a peaceful respite from busy Vernazza.

Hit by torrential rains in October 25th, 2011, Vernazza was closed due to all the mud. It took over 100 million euros to bring it back. This is a picturesque town that you will never forget. It is part of the World Heritage site and is connected by the Cinque Terre trail and by the train.

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Written July 23, 2016
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denver60
Denver, CO1,560 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
We enjoyed visiting this old church. Legend has it that Santa Margherita di Antiochia was built because a wooden box containing the bones of St Margaret was found on the beach. The villagers built a church to house the relics but after a storm the church was destroyed and the relics were lost. The wooden box then reappeared in the same spot where it was first found so a new church was built where you find the church today. Santa Margherita di Antiochia was built in the 13th century in the Romanasque Geneose style. Dedicated to the patron of the town, it remains intact: in the inside you see three well preserved wide naves and an altar. The bell tower is rather unusual as it has an octagonal shape. You will find the entrance in the apse (where you will also find a wonderful 15th-century Gothic tabernacle).
The church is easily found on the harbor.

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Written April 13, 2016
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2014mary
Saint Paul, MN29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
If you wonder what churches looked like before all the ornamentation took over, stop here for this 1318 era church...dark medieval and yet think of how many people worshipped here over the centuries.
Written June 28, 2015
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JmPOW
Atlanta, GA256 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
You cannot go to Vernazza without seeing this wonderful church in the skyline. Definitely a must stop to see the beautiful decorations in the inside. A wonderful time capsule of how the way things were.
Written June 17, 2015
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