Sacred Mount Calvary of Domodossola, Domodossola

#1 of 25 in Historic Sites in Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola
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The Sacred Mount Calvary of Domodossola (also known as Sacro Monte Calvario) is a Roman Catholic sanctuary on the Mattarella Hill, overlooking Domodossola (Piedmont, northern Italy). It is one of the nine Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy, included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

It was built in 1657 in response to the wishes of the Capuchin friars, Gioacchino da Cassano and Andrea da Rho. The chapels, dedicated to the Via Crucis, are positioned along a devotional route which starts on the outskirts of Domodossola and ends at the summit of Mount Mattarella.

The sanctuary on the summit was consecrated in 1690 and in 1828 the philosopher priest, Antonio Rosmini, founded the Institute of Charity.

Over the centuries the Sacred Mountain has undergone various modifications, rebuilding and restoration including, in 1957, the wooden statues in chapels 3, 5, 6 and 7.

It is a stop-over on the CoEur devotional path.
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  • Walking straight up takes 20 minutes but taking longer you can enjoy the artwork of the individual chapels - the painting, the frescoes, the the scenery of the surrounding mountains - magic.  more »
  • Sacri Monte di Calvario — the Sacred Mountain of Calvary — is an exquititely beautiful and peaceful place to spend a few hours.  more »
  • Very impressive. Nice view on the top over Domodossola and sourrounding
  • Nice and quiet place with great view on the alpes
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