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Chiesa di Terrasanta, Bordighera

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The church of the Immaculate Conception, officiated by the Frati Minori Francescani, is at via Vittorio Emanuele 75, in Bordighera, Province of Imperia. The church is also called the Church of the Terrasanta (Holy Land), in honour to the first missionary priests who officiated Mass returning from Palestine. The church is part of the properties protected by the Superintendent of Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (Italy).History and DescriptionFather Giacomo Viale, who was the parish priest of Bordighera, was a Franciscan priest. One of his wishes was to build a church in the new area of the city that had developed along the coast. At first he turned to the architect Alexander Cantu of Sanremo, but the project was stopped when the priest returned to the convent. In 1875, he came back to Bordighera, enlisted the help of the architect Charles Garnier for the realization of his ambitious project. The land to build the church was donated by Mr. Francesco Moreno, well known for his beautiful gardens, the Moreno Gardens.The first draft plan of Garnier is dated 30 June 1882. Garnier liked to say that:It is probably because of this conviction that he decided to design a church typical of the mendicant orders of the Palestine (region). Then he designed a single nave, divided into three pillars that carry bows with large side windows. The facade which included a mosaic decoration was enriched with additional mosaics and the quotation Hic Domus Dei Oriente. The fa├žade is also framed by two lateral towers, a porch that rests on a base of Turbie stone. Behind the church one can admire the bell tower that is inspired by the towers which Garnier used in the villa built on the coast for his clients. Using our custom trip planner, Bordighera attractions like Chiesa di Terrasanta can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Very nice church designed from a famous architect who used to spend his holidays here in Bordighera: Charles Garnier who designed the Opera in Paris and the opera house in Montecarlo Casino. Unusual....  more
    Very nice church designed from a famous architect who used to spend his holidays here in Bordighera: Charles Garnier who designed the Opera in Paris and the opera house in Montecarlo Casino. Unusual....  more »
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  • Beautiful church with a warm welcoming atmosphere. I am enjoying going to mass here during our stay in Bordighera.
  • Very particular church designed by the French architect Jean Louis Charles Garnier is one of the best examples of neoclassical style of the second half of the nineteenth century. We also have large spaces and halls for parish works. Often the site of cultural and religious events and concerts of sacred music. The stained glass windows and the wooden beams on the ceiling are very beautiful.

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