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COLLEGIATA DI SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE

The Collegiata (Collegiate Church) di Santa Maria Maggiore is the city cathedral, the origins of which have been lost in time. Some relics found under the foundation seem to show an early Christian origin. There are no traces of the changes that have taken place over time, although the ancient medieval structure still has two fragments of the terracotta frieze from the façade and a part of the outer wall with completely curved openings severely splayed. The last reconstruction dates back to the Baroque period and consisted of creating three naves separated by stone columns and decorated with innumerable stucco works. A very ancient statue, perhaps from the East, depicts the Beata Vergine Lacrimosa (Blessed Weeping Virgin), saint protector of the city. Worthy of note are also the beautiful tabernacle and a black cross, most probably of Spanish origin. A sculptural group, dating back to the 15th century, depicts the Calvario (Calvary) and, besides the Crucifisso (Crucifix), consists of four statues as fully expressive as they are simple.
 

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Piazza Dellepiane
15067 Novi Ligure AL
Italy
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+39 0143 7721

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