Palazzo Santa Chiara (town hall)
The Saint Claire palace houses the Chivasso town hall, but it was built in the XVIII century by the Jesuit Antonio Falletti from Barolo as a nunnery for Clarisses (hence the name). However, the convent remained unachieved due to lack of money.
The present façade, decorated with a sundial, was restored in 1999 and is only one wing of the planned cloister of the convent.
When I was there, the square in front of it was undergoing some renovation works, so it was difficult to take a good photo, but I hope I succeeded in taking one!
You may have to go inside this palace if you want to apply for the bike sharing service.
Santi Giovanni Battista e Marta
This church was built between 1707 and 1751. Initially, it hosted a society of lay people who cared about people sentenced to death.
The façade is very simple. Have a look at the sculptured portal. The sculptur at the top of it shows John the Baptist's head.
The interior of the church is surmounted by a high dome. Worth seeing is the "Madonna dei Luciani", a simulacre laying in a baroque shrine. Above it, you can see a painting (1699) by local artist Antonio Berbero portraying the patron saints of Chivasso.
Santa Maria degli Angeli
This church was built between 1584 and 1607, but its present appearance dates of the 18th century, when both the façade and the interior were transformed by architect Bernardo Vittone. The cylindric bell tower is one of his creations.
Inside the church, you can see many interesting 18th-century paintings, a wooden sculptured group portraying the Assumption and a medieval Gothic crucifix. However, I couldn't see them, because the church was closed at that time of the day.
The octagonal tower
This tower is the only remaining part of a castle built by the Monferrato marquess in 1178.
A new part was added to the tower in the 13th century but was demolished about one century ago, when some structures of the ruined castle were removed to build a road (now "via Po").
Today's tower is about 20 m high and is covered with a roof added during a recent restoration.
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Duomo - inside: painting
The painting of the altar in this photo is the only one mentioned in my guidebook. It is a Deposition by a rather unknown 16th-century painter, Defendente Ferrari. In the aisles you can see many other decorated altars with beautiful paintings, even if they are not famous.
The painting in the second photo shows the patron saint of the Cathedral. You can see him in the middle and the church at the bottom of the painting.
You will find more photos of the cathedral in the coming travelogues.
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Duomo - overview
Chivasso's cathedral was founded by the Monferrato marquesses. It was built in late Gothic style from 1415 onwards.
Its façade bears a lot of sculptures and friezes that may date of late 15th century. Among these sculptures, there are twelve prophets (from the Old Testament) and the twelve Aspostles (from the New Testament), all around the portal.
On the portal, you see the statues of the Virgin with the Child and other saints, while the Redeemer with the Virgin and Archangel Gabriel are sculptured in the cusp.
On the bell tower, there are a clock and a sundial (see the second photo in this tip).
I found this church more beautiful inside than outside, so go in, if you can!
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Duomo - inside: architecture
As soon as you enter this church, you can realize why its style is called "late Gothic".
Firstly, there are few, small windows, while large windows allowing the Divine light to come in were one of the main features of Gothic. This is why the interior is rather dark (as you can see from most of my pics).
Secondly, the arches are far from the typically Gothic ogival arches and tend to round arches. Curved lines and smooth forms are actually typical for the period that came after Gothic, i.e. Baroque.
This cathedral contains some interesting art works. Let me show them to you in the next tip.
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