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Oratory of Saint Remigio, Verbania

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  • From here you can enjoy a magnificent view of the promontory but, judging by the state of abandonment of the area behind it, the whole structure urgently needs maintenance. It is a pity that it is so much neglected because in 1908 it was declared a national monument. As far as I could see from the outside (I couldn't visit the inside as it wasn't open), judging by what remains of the fresco placed on the arch of the entrance door, the church must be very beautiful inside as well. Opposite there is also a house used as a spiritual retreat managed by the nuns.
  • 11th century oratory with adjoining villa (now owned by the region). Excellent location, quiet and peaceful, even if a little difficult to reach. The building is in good condition, I was unable to visit the inside. The view over Lake Maggiore is excellent.
  • Beautiful and interesting even inside (when you are lucky enough to find it open), in a splendid position, alas the external area is not very well maintained.
  • Cute little church. Great view over Lake Maggiore
  • The beautiful Romanesque church was built between the 11th and the beginning of the 12th century to replace a previous building of which only a stretch of wall made up of large pebbles, visible under the north wall, is perhaps left. Stylistically complex, the oratory was built in several stages with the right aisle perhaps added later. The portico is also a later work but already attested in 1341. The oldest frescoes (from the 11th and 13th centuries) decorate the apses while on the walls we have paintings dating from 1400 to 1700 made when San Remigio had lost its status as a parish in favor of San Leonardo and had become a country oratory. In 1900 it benefited from several restorations which also brought back an altar and two Roman epigraphs. It is a pity that the surrounding vegetation is too luxuriant and that the church is difficult to find open also because it stands in a secluded and very quiet place which offers a good panorama towards the lake.

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