Kirche San Bernardino Mesolcina Calanca

Chiesa Sta. Maria del Castello

The church of Sta. Maria del Castello houses within its walls a precious artistic treasure: a cycle of frescoes depicting ancient legends and biblical stories.


The church may date back to an 11th-century building with a rectangular nave and a double semicircular apse. In 1469, the façade was decorated with a painting of St. Christopher. Between 1459 and 1469, the artists Cristoforo and Nicolao da Seregno painted a three-part fresco in the north aisle. The upper area depicts Jesus' ascension to Calvary and the crucifixion. In the middle register, the Adoration of the Magi and various saints, including St. Michael who cradles souls, St. Bernardine of Siena, St. Anthony the Abbot, St. Peter, St. Martin sharing his cloak with a beggar and St. George fighting with the dragon. Below: the detailed monthly calendar. In the 17th century, the architect Giovanni Battista Viscardi enlarged the nave and added the choir in 1627, while an unknown architect added the sacristy in 1680.


Chiesa Sta. Maria del Castello

6563 Mesocco

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