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Sanctuary of the Holy Cross - La Villa


Sanctuary of the Holy Cross - La Villa

City: 
I-39030 La Villa (BZ)
Tel.: 
+39 0471/847037


This sanctuary, located at over 2000 altitude is thought to stand on an ancient place of pagan cult worship. Later the first Christians built a shrine dedicated to Christ on the same spot. According to parchments the church dedicated to the Holy Cross predates 1484, the year in which it was consecrated by the Bishop of Brixen. It became a place of pilgrimage for the inhabitants of the valley. In the mid 16th century the nave was decorated with frescoes, which were uncovered in 1984. A Calvary group was erected on a mound behind the church with three large wooden crosses and Christ together with the two thieves. The way up to the church from La Valle, Badia, San Cassiano and La Villa is lined with terracotta Stations of the Cross.


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