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Church of St.Sebastian

 Chiesa di S. Sebastiano

High Altar


Funeral Monument 


Major Frescoes

 


Saints:


St. Sebastian

Originally romanesque, the church of St.Sebastian was several times rearranged. It owes its present aspect to a restoration at the end of the 19th century carried out by Carlo Barrera, historian of Valsolda and also architect and painter.
His is the altar-piece showing the martyrised S. Sebastian being assisted by Irene on the Via Appia outside the city of Rome, the outlines of which are depicted in the background.
On the left side of the nave the cenotaph for Annetta Barrera Pezzi, Carlo’s mother. At the base of the portrait sculptured in marble there is a magnifiying glass which enlarges a parchment with a piece of poetry dedicated by Carlo to his mother. The  nucleus of Antonio Fogazzaros property corresponds to the old Barrera houses. The Barrera’s were a family of building contractors emigrated to Vicenza at the beginning of the 19th century. There Teresa Barrera met Mariano Fogazzaro whom she marrieed. Their son Antonio, poet and writer, is the author of the famous novel ”Piccolo Mondo Antico” (Little Old World), a best-seller of the  beginning of the 20th century translated into more than twenty languages. The story is set in Valsolda during the period of the Wars of Indipendence from Austria in the middle of the 19th century.The setting is the Barrera house in Oria , of which Fogazzaro was very fond and which he restored, enlarging it and creating a small garden overlooking the lake. Continuing along the mule-track through and beyond the village, one reaches the Villa called ”Nisciorée ” (hazel grove) in neo-gothic style with a beautiful garden.

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