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Santuario di Oropa Monastery in Biella, Italy


Santuario di Oropa Monastery in Biella, Italy

The Sacro Monte di Oropa is a Roman Catholic devotional complex in the comune of Biella, Piedmont, northern Italy. It is one of the nine Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy and is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Construction began in 1617, near the pre-existing Sanctuary of Black Virgin of Oropa, one of the oldest in Piedmont and one of the best known in the region of the Alps.

   

Santuario di Oropa Monastery in Biella, Italy

               
The 12 chapels (plus another seven nearby) are united by a devotional path, and inside these chapels scenes from the story of the life of the Virgin Mary are represented. The minute dimensions and expressions of the characters, the shades and colour tones and the vivid, precise settings of the episodes envelop the visitor in a warm atmosphere which grows from one chapel to the other until reaching Paradise (chapel XV Ė The Crowning of Mary), on the top of the hill, a Baroque work of art by the brothers Giovanni and Antonio d'Enrico, animated by 156 modeled figures.

 
   Sacro Monte di Oropa BedroomSacro Monte di Oropa courtyard
 

The sanctuary makes its own chocolate and biscuits in case the 13 restaurants in the area donít have enough food for you. Rooms range from the austere to the opulent, with period furnishings and private suites. Doubles from $60 in the low season. Suites from $100.

 

Santuario di Oropa
480, 13900 Biella
Province of Biella, Italy
Phone:+39 015 2555 1200
Website: www.santuariodioropa.it/db/en/
       











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