Church of S. Alessandro della Croce • • Visit Bergamo

Church of S. Alessandro della Croce

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As you walk along via Pignolo, the medieval street connecting the Lower City with the “Città Alta”, you will get to a small square: the church of Sant’Alessandro della Croce is located right there. According to the legend, it was originally built during the time of Alessandro’s martyrdom, in IV Century. However, its interiors were rebuilt between XVII and XVIII Century, while the façade was only completed in 1922.

It is called “della Croce – of the Cross” because it was built at the crossroad among four medieval boroughs.

The Church is decorated with some of the most beautiful paintings in Bergamo. We just mention two masterpieces by Gian Battista Moroni: “Coronation of the Virgin”, located on the counter façade, and Crucifixion with Saint Sebastian, John the Baptist and a devotee” in the sacristies.

There are three chapels on each side of the nave: in the first one you will find an empty urn, which used to be the tomb of Saint Alessandro, whose remains are currently kept in the Cathedral of Bergamo.

On the other side, the second chapel on the right holds a beautiful altar made exclusively of precious multi-coloured marbles, carried out by the master Andrea Fantoni in 1729:a unique work for that time, demonstrating his amazing skills.


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As you walk along via Pignolo, the medieval street connecting the Lower City with the “Città Alta”, you will get to a small square: the church of Sant’Alessandro della Croce is located right there. According to the legend, it was originally built during the time of Alessandro’s martyrdom, in IV Century. However, its interiors were rebuilt between XVII and XVIII Century, while the façade was only completed in 1922.

It is called “della Croce – of the Cross” because it was built at the crossroad among four medieval boroughs.

The Church is decorated with some of the most beautiful paintings in Bergamo. We just mention two masterpieces by Gian Battista Moroni: “Coronation of the Virgin”, located on the counter façade, and Crucifixion with Saint Sebastian, John the Baptist and a devotee” in the sacristies.

There are three chapels on each side of the nave: in the first one you will find an empty urn, which used to be the tomb of Saint Alessandro, whose remains are currently kept in the Cathedral of Bergamo.

On the other side, the second chapel on the right holds a beautiful altar made exclusively of precious multi-coloured marbles, carried out by the master Andrea Fantoni in 1729:a unique work for that time, demonstrating his amazing skills.