Riserva del Sacro Monte Orta - Monte Mesma - Torre Buccione

Points of Interest

History and Art

Monte Mesma

Monte Mesma, a hill reaching the 576 meters of height, is situated in the territory of the Municipality of Ameno in the province of Novara.
On the summit of the hill there are the 17th-century church and monastery, in front of which there is a panoramic parvise with a centuries-old lime tree: from here you can enjoy a charming view over Lago d'Orta and, in the distance, over the Monte Rosa massif.

Further information (Italian text)

History of Sacro Monte di Orta

The monumental complex (Italian text)
Sacro Monte d'Orta is a devotional route made of twenty chapels painted in fresco and completed by groups of life-size statues in terracotta illustrating the life of San Francesco d'Assisi.
The building of the religious complex began in 1590 thanks to the initiative of both the community of Orta and the abbot from Novara Amico Canobio, and to other wills.
The activity in the building site of Sacro Monte d'Orta, in various stages, went on until the end of the 18th century.

The Chapels of Sacro Monte
(Italian text)

Chapel I Birth of St. Francis
Chapel II The Crucifix talks to St. Francis in the Church of San Damiano
Chapel III St. Francis renounces his goods in front of the Bishop of Assisi
Chapel IV St. Francis listens to the Mass
Chapel V Clothing of the first followers of St. Francis
Chapel VI St. Francis sends the first disciples to preach.
First miracles performed by them.
Chapel VII The approval of the Franciscan Rules by Pope Innocenzo III
Chapel VIII St. Francis appears to the friars on a fire carriage
Chapel IX Clothing of St. Clare
Chapel X St. Francis' victory over temptations
Chapel XI St. Francis receives from Jesus the privilege of the indulgence of Porziuncola
Chapel XII Christ approves the Franciscan Rules
Chapel XIII St. Francis, for his humility, lets himself be led naked along the streets of Assisi
Chapel XIV St. Francis and the Egyptian sultan
Chapel XV St. Francis receives stigmata in La Verna
Chapel XVI St. Francis goes back to Assisi from La Verna before dying
Chapel XVII St. Francis' death
Chapel XVIII Nicolò III, a Bishop and the secretary on the grave of the Saint
Chapel XIX The miracles on the sepulcher of the Saint
Chapel XX The canonization of St. Francis
New Chapel

Church of San Nicolao (Italian text)

Further architectural structures (Italian text)

St Francis Small Chapel (Italian text)

Main artists operating in Sacro Monte (Italian text)

Colle della Torre di Buccione

Situated on a hill dominating the southern stretch of lake Orta, the tower of Buccione was part of a larger outpost of which only a few traces remain.
The first document referring to the "Castle" of Buccione dates back to 1200, while there are contrasting opinions on its origins, between the 10th and 12th century.
The 23-meter height tower worked as a watchtower, and it is divided inside into three wooden scaffolds allowing the housing by the garrison.

Further information (Italian text)

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