Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello, Genoa

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Santa Maria di Castello is a church and religious complex in Genoa, Italy. Administrated for a long time by the Dominicans, it is located in the Castello hill of the city, where in the Middle Ages a bishop's fortified castle existed. The church is flanked by the large Tower of the Embriaci.The church, in Romanesque style, was erected before 900 AD. It houses many artworks commissioned by the main noble families of Genoa, by artists such as Francesco Maria Schiaffino, Lorenzo Fasolo, Alessandro Gherardini, Giuseppe Palmieri, Francesco Boccaccino, Pier Francesco Sacchi, Bernardo Castello, Aurelio Lomi and Tommaso Orsolino. Notable are the frescoes with Stories of David and the painted majolicas from the 16th century Genoese school.The high altar is decorated by a marble group of the "Assumption" by Domenico Parodi (late 17th century), while the chapel to the left of the presbytery has a Santa Rosa da Lima by Domenico Piola and a marble cover by Taddeo Carlone. The fourth chapel in the left aisle has a Madonna del Rosario by the workshop of Anton Maria Maragliano, while the first chapel has a painting attributed to Giovanni Battista Paggi (early 17th century). It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello and many more Genoa attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Genoa trip maker.
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  • the art inside it amazing, the floor and ceiling were a sight to see! One of the must sees in Genova! 
    the art inside it amazing, the floor and ceiling were a sight to see! One of the must sees in Genova!  more »
  • We really liked this place, i read all comments and you are right. It is a gem. Do get a guide to take you they are very nice . The guide took us upstairs .very interesting lovely garden too! 
    We really liked this place, i read all comments and you are right. It is a gem. Do get a guide to take you they are very nice . The guide took us upstairs .very interesting lovely garden too!  more »
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  • The Chiesa di Santa Maria di Castello is a beautiful church. The building is in Roman style and with modestly decorated architectural features, including fabulous faience work on the walls. The church has some wonderful medieval fresco‚Äôs and paintings, an impressive marble altar and a beautiful altar with the Annunciation of Mary. You can visit most parts freely and there are volunteers to answer your questions.
  • This hidden Romanesque church complex is well worth a visit, especially for the guided tour offered by volunteers, which you will probably receive PRIVATELY due to the small number of visitors. It was formerly administered by the Dominicans. There are cloisters and numerous pieces of intact medieval art, including a beautiful Annunciation fresco from 1451, which the Grimaldi family had a key role in sponsoring.

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