Abbazia di Santa Maria, Tortona

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  • Truly very beautiful and evocative it seems the miniature of a basilica where every detail, every color has its own charm. The full name is Santa Maria dei Canali and derives from the canals that descend from the fountain that springs just above. It is the oldest church, existing today, in Tortona, the first document that mentions it is from 1151.
  • The church of Santa Maria Canale is the only one in the city that has maintained its ancient Romanesque appearance. The facade is currently 'gabled'. In the lower part the masonry is made up of large blocks of sandstone, then continues alternating brick and stone. The central portal has a splay formed by pillars and semi-columns, above the central lunette there is a large ogival terracotta window, dating back to the fourteenth century, which replaces the original rose window, of which the round arch survives. The interior has three naves, the minor ones ending in semicircular apses, the major in a rectangular choir, which dates back to 1564. The naves are made up of four bays, plus a non-protruding transept and presbytery.

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