Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello, Genoa

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Religious Site
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).
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  • 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 »
  • We came across this church by accident after our cruise tour had been cancelled - it was recommended to us by a local that we got talking to in the street. When we first entered the church it seemed.....  more »
  • It was quite difficult to find this place. It was quite some climb especially difficult with the stroller. A monumental complex consisting of a church with 5 cloisters: three Renaissance of 1400, one medieval and one Romanesque both of the eleventh century. Cloisters are free. From the outside the complex of Santa Maria di Castello gives nothing away. Squeezed in between buildings constructed next to it over the centuries you would never imagine how large or complex this is.
  • It's not easy to find. The church is beautiful.

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