Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Located at the edge of the historical city center, this church definitely deserves a visit, despite appearing a bit bland from the outside. The church was erected in the seventeenth century by the Visconti family in memory of an even older oratory named after the Blessed Virgin of the Bridge. The façade, otherwise simple and linear, features a cherished and elegant Palladian window in the middle. The inside of the church includes a unique rectangular space that overlooks a small sacristy.
The absence of decorations and paintings forces the eye to concentrate on the altar, which was covered in Baroque polychrome stucco by Alessandro Casella from Tessin who, in 1642, signed his work with an engraving. A soft drape supported by splendid puttos surmounts the niche in which the eighteenth century shrine of the Madonna stands; the niche is in turn contained within an aedicule whose sides are delicately decorated with the figures of Saint Anna on the left and Saint Elizabeth on the right.
The Virgin holds in her arms the blessed Baby Jesus, who holds a globe in one of his hands and with his other points towards the house of Carmine, a Marian sign of excellence for the faithful. The entire composition was recently restored by the Artistic Heritage Service of Piedmont.
Open every day from 8:30 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.