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The happy spirit
by Amilcare Barbero and Francisco Singul.
Texts by Pier Giorgio Longo and Antonio de la Riera
Photographs of Pier Ilario Benedetto and the Museo das Peregrinacións di Santiago de Compostela
Edition in Italian, Spanish and German

Ponzano Monferrato (AL) 2007
ISBN 978-88-89081-08-2
pp. 271, Publication not for sale*

PublicationsThe photographic volume  L’Anima Felice  brings together and compares pictures of the daily life of those who are walking along the "Camino de Santiago de Compostela”, with pictures, statues and frescoes present in the Sacred Mounts of Piemonte and Lombardia and in the devotional complexes of Orselina and Brissago.
Santiago de Compostela and the Sacred Mounts are paths of faith, cultural itineraries and ancient places of pilgrimage, emblematic of a phenomenon extended all over Europe.

Starting from the 9th century, when the tomb of Saint James was discovered there, pilgrimages began towards Santiago de Compostela, following set itineraries that stretched all over the European territory. Generations of pilgrims from all over Europe have met and walked together along the paths that lead to Santiago.

At a more local level, in the territories of reference, the same thing happened with the Sacred Mounts, already places of religious worship even before their construction. Individual pilgrims, or groups organised by religious communities of the respective dioceses, travelled to these destinations and often left testimonies of the reasons for the origin of the walk, with their ex-votos. The collections of these reminders provide a historical document of great importance.
These features are common to the nine Sacred Mounts of Piemonte and Lombardia included in the 2003 UNESCO World Heritage List, together with the Sacred Mount of the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso di Orselina, near Locarno and the complex of the Sacred Mount of the Addolorata of Brissago, both located in Swiss territory (Canton Ticino).

The splendid pictures contained in this book of photographs are the work of the architect and photographer Pier Ilario Benedetto and of the Museo das Peregrinacións de Santiago de Compostela. The book is the result of the collaboration of the Piemonte Region with the the Documentation Centre of the European Sacred Mounts, Calvaries and Devotional Complexes, the Council of Galizia, the Lombardia Region, the Canton Ticino Republic, the town of Varese and the Administrations of the Piemonte and Lombardia Sacred Mounts.

* Publications not for sale can be requested from the Documentation Centre of the European Sacred Mounts, Calvaries and Devotional Complexes.
 

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