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The Sacred Mount of Belmonte
 
The Sacred Mount of Belmonte is situated above the town of Valperga (706 m. a.s.l.), in the province of Torino, at the entrance to the Orco Valley (the Canavese area), in a position that looks out over a wide panorama that includes a great part of Piemonte.The Mount was conceived by Franciscan Friar Michelangelo da Montiglio, who after a period spent in Palestine, called on local artisans and artists to work on the construction of the devotional complex. It began in 1712, and the Sacred Mount was completed only a century later, maintaining a certain unity in its architectural composition. The monumental complex includes a sanctuary of a medieval origins and thirteen chapels dedicated to the Passion of Christ. The chapels rise along a circular course, that passes through a wood of oak and chestnut trees hundreds of years old, and large granite rocks of a pinkish colour. The line of aediculae is simple and essential. The chapels all refer to a single construction type with a hall, a round or quadrilateral layout, preceded by a pronaos from which one can see the sacred scene, portrayed with terracotta polychrome statues. From an artistic point of view, the most important chapels are the no. 1 Jesus Condemned to Death, no. 8 the Pious Women and no. 11 Crucifixion. Because of its splendid panoramic position, chapel no. 6 La Veronica should be mentioned, though its sculptures have been lost.
Recent renovations have brought to light the frescos that originally decorated the chapels and restored the statues, work of the ceramic maestros of
Castellamonte. Among the frescos the one dedicated to Jesus, nailed to the cross, should be pointed out, painted with a light and delicate touch by an unknown artist, presumably of the Lombard school.
 

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The Special Reserve of the Sacred Mount of Belmonte

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