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CHIESA DI SAN BERNARDO

Churches at Manerba del Garda

The Church of San Bernardo in Montinelle, a village in Manerba, dates back to the fifteenth century. However, the most significant interventions to modify and extend the building were carried out in later centuries, in such a way that the building structure that we can now see dates from work carried out in the sixteenth century. As for the nearby Church of Santa Caterina, also the one dedicated to San Bernardo appears in the documents in relation to the pastoral visit of the bishop of Verona Ermolao. The building has, from an architectural point of view, a compact and unitary structure and is constituted by a single nave ending in a quadrangular apse. Also inside, on the left wall, there is an absolutely remarkable late Gothic fresco depicting the Virgin on a throne with the child that, according to the latest research probably dates from the fifteenth century, as especially the setting of the throne suggests. However, alongside this mural painting and inside the church, are present the late baroque altars that demonstrate the eclecticism and the artistic style change that would affect this building. The external façade, on the other hand, is plain but refined, characterised by the classic gabled structure with side windows and door, the latter with Botticino marble jambs and brickwork pediment. Do not miss the rose window, some pinnacles on the roof and the bell tower at the back of the building. (credits Arianna Florioli)

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