Basilica di Santa Maria della Steccata (Madonna della Steccata)

Basilica di Santa Maria della Steccata (Madonna della Steccata)

Basilica di Santa Maria della Steccata (Madonna della Steccata)
4.5
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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Steve F
Reading, UK187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We love the baroque period and this is a classic example. Very ornate but at the same time very accessible. It's a must-see, even for half an hour.
Written 6 December 2022
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia34,148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The name of the potbellied basilica means "Madonna behind the fence". However, the fence, which detained numerous pilgrims, remained only in the name. The unusual exterior of the church is explained by the fact that the Greek, not the traditional Latin cross is at the heart. It is crowned on all sides by apses. Although we do not know the name of the architect of the church, but the author of the idea is known. Bramante proposed it for St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome. The main reason to go inside is the frescoes of Parmigianino. If in the Duomo and San Giovanni the works of Parmigianino are in the shadow of Correggio, then here the famous artist from Parma took revenge. A monument to Francesco Parmigianino was erected next to the church in recognition. Not everything in the collection is the work of Parmigianino. Michelangelo Anselmi painted frescoes designed by Giulio Romano with the coronation of the Virgin in the Eastern Apse, and Bernardino Gatti presented his version of the Assumption of Mary in the dome.
Written 17 July 2022
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Off their P
Manchester, UK3,993 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Time was against us so we couldn’t actually go in this building but still appreciated it for its beauty.

Set just outside the main square it dominates the area and is very beautiful indeed.

It takes a while to walk around it but it is definitely worth doing as you appreciate it more as you get different angles of it.

There arealso signs to tell you about its history and it is a fascinating part of what is a extremely beautiful city.
Written 21 June 2022
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Nataliia G
Moscow, Russia559 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This Church in honor of our lady was built in 1521 -1539 in imitation of St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome. It was painted by Parmigianino (1530-1540), a famous portrait painter and engraver. There is also the tomb of the Dukes of the house of Farnese and the Bourbons.
Written 22 January 2020
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA24,143 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
This Shrine of Santa Maria della Steccata, is an interesting Baroque building in a Roman catholic country, as the layout is that of a Greek Renaissance church with a centralized dome and four corner chapels. (Or the Symbol for the Knights of saint George) The name derives from the fence or steccato used to control the numerous pilgrims who visited this image of the Nursing Madonna. Originally in 1392 the location had a small building holding a miraculous image of St. John the Baptist, and nearby another equally miraculous image of the Virgin and child. The Powers that be decided in 1521 to combine both miracles under one roof, and commissioned architects Bernardino Zaccagni and his son Giovanni Francisco to build a new church. The central dome is attributed Gian Francesco d'Agrate in 1527 and the church was consecrated in 1539, the sacristy was rebuilt over the following centuries. The interior was decorated by a variety of artists, both local and foreign, and the Baroque altar in the choir was begun by Mauro Oddi and completed in 1758-1765 by Andrea and Domenico della Meschina. Overhaul the interior of the church is dark.

PS: Do not forget to check out the Museum for the order of Saint George, also attached to the Church.
Written 31 August 2019
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stinkwink
Sydney, Australia7,259 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Depends on your interest, maybe you find the history of this basilica even more exciting, than the building itself. It started in the fourteenth century, when on the house, where the current church is, a St John the Baptist image was painted, that soon had a reputation to be miraculous and for that, to protect it, was fenced around. At the very and of the fourteenth century, a church, named San Giovanni Della Steccata was erected around it, with a fresco depicting the Virgin Mary breastfeeding the “Bambino.” Now this painting supposed to have magic power so has to be protected as well. After demolishing the original chapel, a new church was built in the first part of the sixteenth century. (How did they preserve the frescoes painted on the wall ?) The edifice promoted to a basilica has an unusual shape for an Italian church. It is set on a Greek cross plan, with semicircular apses at the end of the four arms. In all of the four corners, are chapels.
For the decoration of the church, I don't know if it had been a competition or now, but Parmigiano won it. His most famous work is on the eastern under the arch with three wise and three foolish virgins;

He didn't finish the picture; it had the same fate as Mozart's Requiem. Parmigiano started, Michelangelo Anselmi continued.
Please do not allow someone to paint a fresco on the exterior wall of the basilica, for it will once again have a marvelous reputation and a new building should have to start to protect it from scratch.
Though the Basilica has a beautiful and vibrant decoration, the interior of the Cattedrale is more impressive.
Written 20 August 2019
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yns_10
Sydney, Australia1,437 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
A Renaissance church in the shape of a Greek cross and where the arms cross is a majestic dome and with some beautiful frescos and other decorations.
Written 6 June 2019
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Kirby N
Concord, NC146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
We were not going to stop by due to the break between lunch and re-opening mid-afternoon, but as we passed by realized people were still entering the building, so we followed on in. Although similar to many of the other huge churches in Italy, it is worth a stop, although I woul dnot have made this my main focus for the day.
Written 26 May 2019
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ludor
Iasi, Romania2,974 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
A beautiful basilica, with many interesting pictures, statues and monuments. The architecture is quite unusual for an Italian church.
Written 26 May 2019
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Marg S
Sydney, Australia600 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Two of us paid a visit to this beautiful old and well maintained church in the square today as we wandered the streets on our second day in Parma. What a delight and we were very happy to be able to wander around, say a prayer without the crowds of the larger towns. A must for your visit to Parma, and wonderful that confessions were currently being heard.
Written 17 May 2019
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