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Chiesa di S. Bernardino, Arese

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  • A classic style church dedicated to San Bernardino, in Via Allende , very quit and silencious church. 
    A classic style church dedicated to San Bernardino, in Via Allende , very quit and silencious church.  more »
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  • The Church of San Bernardino da Siena is the oldest religious building in the municipality of Arese. The exact date of construction of the first building is not known, the first document known to us on the Church dates back to 1558: it is a notarial deed in which it was arranged that the owner of Valera, the noble Giambattista Lattuada, had in the Church of San Bernardino in Valera the celebration of Mass. This private bond of the owner of Valera to the same church meant that San Bernardino was not mentioned in many ecclesiastical documents as it was not among the assets of the Diocese. In 1812, after being owned by the Settala, the village and the Church passed to the Mariettis, who continued to administer the Church and to make improvements and embellishments. In particular, Donna Virginia showed a keen interest in San Bernardino: in 1924, to commemorate her deceased husband, the noblewoman financed an expansion of the Church. Two marble slabs placed first on the windows on the façade of the Church and then on the external wall of the chapel of the Relics recall these works. After the Second World War the Church became a public religious building, managed directly by the diocese. In 1963, by decree of Cardinal Montini, it became a parish. In 1993 San Bernardino underwent a consolidation restoration and a further expansion. The current chapel "of the relics" (left) was incorporated into the Church, which until that year constituted a body separated from the Church by means of a large carved wooden wall into which a double folding door opened. Inside, two large canvases depicting the Baptism of Jesus and the Apparition of the Holy Family to San Bernardino da Siena, San Francesco d’Assisi and Santa Margherita di Antiochia, both from the early 1600s, decorate the central altar. A later fresco is found in the right aisle and depicts Maria "Mater Divinae Gratiae". Other paintings in the Baptistery can be found in the Baptistery: Salvator Mundi and Jesus among the doctors of the temple at the end of the 19th century. The chapel of the relics preserves numerous relics, chalices and pyxes given to the church over the last 2 centuries. At the 5 high windows that give light to the chapel. San Bernardino and 4 other saints from the last 50 years are depicted. Finally we have 2 musician angels who decorate the high windows on the central nave.
  • It was the church of the owners of the village of Valera and of their workers. The interior of the building has a three-nave plan. In the right aisle there is the chapel of the Madonna and above the altar there is the fresco of the Madonna with the child. Interesting is the painting, on the right of the main altar, "the baptism of Jesus, datable to around the end of 1500.

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