Parrocchia Collegiata di Sant'Ambrogio

Parrocchia Collegiata di Sant'Ambrogio, Alassio

Parrocchia Collegiata di Sant'Ambrogio

Parrocchia Collegiata di Sant'Ambrogio
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dapper777
Monaco32,075 contributions
Dec 2020 • Friends
Without doubt the church dedicated to the bishop of Milan, St. Ambrose, is the most important monument of the famous Ligurian resort, both from the architectural point of view and for the numerous works of art that it houses and preserves.
The church at the beginning of the seventeenth century obtained the title of Collegiata (an important church which has a chapter with clerics but is not a cathedral) from the Pope, as the vicariate parish of the diocese of Albenga-Imperia.
It was built on the foundations of a small church from the 10th century, but not much remains of the Romanesque style.
Subsequent enlargements gave it the current aspect: a Renaissance façade and a Romanesque-Gothic bell tower, in addition to the characteristic cobbled churchyard.
The baroque interior has also been the subject of significant works.
The central vault is frescoed with episodes from the life of St. Ambrose, the work of the painter Virgilio Grana of Albenga.
The interior has three naves and preserves painted works by Andrea Giovanni De Ferrari, the black stone tabernacle of the late fifteenth century and other paintings such as "The Martyrdom of St. Lucy of Syracuse", by Giulio Benso, "The Pentecost" by Giovanni Battista Castello and "St. Anne with St.Nicholas of Bari", by Francesco Carrega.
The left apse houses the chapel of the Madonna della Misericordia, also known as the Madonna of Savona for a miraculous apparition of 1536. On the left of the chapel in a shrine where are kept the famous relics of the "Holy Bodies".
In the left nave stands the altar with the altarpiece "Martyrdom of Saint Lucy", a valuable work by Giulio Benso.
Worthy of note are also the beautiful dark pulpit dating back to the first half of of the sixteenth century, placed, in modern times, in the central nave, and a valuable pipe organ, placed on the choir in the counter-façade, built by organmaster Giuseppe Gandolfo from the Piedmont town of Garessio, in 1855.
Outside there is a beautiful dark stone portal of the Masters of the Rezzo Valley, dated 1511.
This very beautiful and important church definitely deserves your attention.
Recommended.
Written March 20, 2021
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy25,478 contributions
Oct 2020
The adjective Collegiate does not refer to the union of two churches but is a title given by the Holy See in Vatican to give more importance to the church itself.
The church on the right is the Collegiata of Saint Ambrose built in 1455 on a previous medieval church. The church on the left is the Oratory of Santa Catherine of Alexandra and was built in 16th century beside the Saint Ambrose but in that time the wall of the fortification of Alassio divided them.
In 1896 a new neoclassical facade connected the two churches. The main portal of Saint Ambrose is the old one dated back in 1490
You can enter by a lateral door of Saint Ambrose and pass to the Oratory.
The internal of Collegiate is with three naves and three domes , baroque decorations and frescoes gives a beautiful impression, many beautiful paintings can be seen on walls and on lateral altars.
The Oratory internal is with one nave and you can see the oldest pipe organ of Alassio.
Written October 19, 2020
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