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The Sacred Mountains of Piedmont and Lombardy

Les Monts Sacrés du Piémont et de la Lombardie

The Sacred Mountains of Piedmont and Lombardy are devotional paths along which are scattered chapels, churches and architectural complex of statues, paintings and frescoes narrating episodes of the Scriptures. The routes were born to offer pilgrims a safer alternative compared to the pilgrimages to the Holy Land. Was born in the late Middle Ages the devotional phenomenon of the Sacred Mountains that influenced the whole Europe and became one of the most characteristic of the culture and spirituality of northern Italy thanks to the recognition of their importance by Carlo Borromeo, Bishop of Milan, and by the Council of Trento. In a panoramic position is the Sacred Mountain of the Blessed Virgin of Succour, in Ossuccio, on the western shore of the Lake of Como, opposite the island Comacina; the Sacred Mountain of the Rosary, is located in Varese and is a place of pilgrimage since the Middle Ages. The main one is the Holy Mount of Varallo Sesia in Piedmont that consists of 45 chapels, by the basilica dedicated to the Assumption and by other buildings, built on a cliff that overlooks the town of Varallo. The Sacred Mountains of Piedmont are in Serralunga di Crea, with its 23 chapels built on one of the highest hills of the Monferrato region. Dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi is the site of Orta San Giulio; while that of Oropa is dedicated to the Virgin; others Sacred Mountains are in Ghiffa and Domodossola. Finally we find the Sacro Monte di Belmonte in Valperga, which stands in all its glory on a red granite hill.

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