SANTA MARIA IN VALVENDRA BASILICA

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In Lovere we find the largest church in the Diocese of Brescia: The Santa Maria in Valvendra Basilica. The Basilica is located just outside the historic village of Lovere.

The church was intended as a votive shrine dedicated to the Our Lady of Graces by the families of Lovere and for the construction it was necessary to divert the Valvendra stream, from which it takes its name.

With a Gothic-Renaissance imprint, the exterior has a simple façade, preceded by a portico with 33 descending steps, symbolising the age of Jesus, and the interior is fascinating and majestic, completely frescoed.

There are numerous frescoes dedicated to the Trinity, painted in 1580, to St. Joseph and the Immaculate Conception painted in 1544 and in 1535 by Andrea da Manerbio and, finally, the paintings of the chapel of San Francesco, by Gian Giacomo Barbelli in 1647.

The organ is a fundamental part of the Basilica and is characterised by the doors painted by Floriano Ferramola with "The Annunciation" outside and inside you can admire the fresco of Saints Faustino and Giovita by Alessandro Bonvicino, called the Moretto.

The main marble altar was created by Andrea Fantoni. There is also a beautiful bell tower standing tall next to the church’s apse.

Free entrance.

 


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In Lovere we find the largest church in the Diocese of Brescia: The Santa Maria in Valvendra Basilica. The Basilica is located just outside the historic village of Lovere.

The church was intended as a votive shrine dedicated to the Our Lady of Graces by the families of Lovere and for the construction it was necessary to divert the Valvendra stream, from which it takes its name.

With a Gothic-Renaissance imprint, the exterior has a simple façade, preceded by a portico with 33 descending steps, symbolising the age of Jesus, and the interior is fascinating and majestic, completely frescoed.

There are numerous frescoes dedicated to the Trinity, painted in 1580, to St. Joseph and the Immaculate Conception painted in 1544 and in 1535 by Andrea da Manerbio and, finally, the paintings of the chapel of San Francesco, by Gian Giacomo Barbelli in 1647.

The organ is a fundamental part of the Basilica and is characterised by the doors painted by Floriano Ferramola with "The Annunciation" outside and inside you can admire the fresco of Saints Faustino and Giovita by Alessandro Bonvicino, called the Moretto.

The main marble altar was created by Andrea Fantoni. There is also a beautiful bell tower standing tall next to the church’s apse.

Free entrance.