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17 November 2017

Biella and Oropa Sanctuary, Italy

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BIELLA is my new home, and I explore this little, but very nice town situating between Turin and Milan, Italy, when I have time and the weather is good enough. Today, I'll show you an interesting building - the Dom.

The very large square was a cloister before, and the religious complex included the gotic bell-tower you see on my photo, baptistery (maybe, the oldest building of the town, because it's from the XI century) and other buildings. I imagine that it was a territory completly dedicated to the religious  and pilgrims. Some streets stil remember their original functions, like the Capuchin Uphill. Probably the monks had to reach  the sanctuary of Oropa.

Very interesting is the internal ornament of the Dom. Honestly, I've never seen anything similar before.
All the walls seem to be made from marbles etc and to have many statues. But they are painted! The tecnic is trompe l'oeil, optical illusion. And the colors are green-grey.
This work was created in 1784 by Giovannino Galliari and C°.


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