Monday, 23 January 2012

Church of the virgin, with the first parish in the world, Civitavecchia

This church in Civitavecchia caught our attention because of the orange, brown and yellow exterior. On an information board it read that in 1856 the first parish in the world was established on this spot. The church is dedicated to the Virgin or Our Lady. In the church you find the grave of Alessandro Cialdi, the last captain of the Papal fleet. This is the fleet of the States of the Church which disappeared when Italy was founded in 1861. The interior is rather dark but expresses some kind of power, a strong impression. A unique church.

Deze kerk in Civitavecchia trok onze aandacht omwille van zijn oranje, bruine en gele gevels. Op een informatiebord kon je lezen dat hier de eerste parochie in de wereld werd opgericht in het jaar 1856. De kerk is toegewijd aan de Maagd of Onze Lieve Vrouwe. In de kerk ligt het graf van Alessandro Cialdi, de laatste kapitein van de Kerkelijke Staat. Deze kerkelijke vloot verdween bij de oprichting van Italië in 1861. Het interieur van de kerk is redelijk donker maar straalt kracht uit. Een unieke kerk..

Church of the Virgin
Church of the Virgin
Church of the Virgin
Church of the Virgin
Church of the Virgin
Church of the Virgin
Church of the Virgin
Church of the Virgin
Church of the Virgin
Church of the Virgin
Previous Civitavecchia article: General impressions of Civitavecchia, a major cruise harbour in Italy

Previous Church article: The dome with the stars on the Basilica of Scherpenheuvel

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14 comments:

  1. The Church is imposing but not very different from other churches of the period.
    I like old churches.

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  2. Great photos. I wonder how many churches there are called Notre Dame?

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  3. Such amazing captures in the darkness of the church. Impressive!

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  4. Yes, the churche in Itlay are beautiful and bombastic als well.

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  5. What beautiful and striking images! I must say you are such a good photographer! I wonder how many church members they have?

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  6. What a beautiful church; thanks for sharing! I always love the stain glass windows in old churchs and the carvings/detail on the church walls.

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  7. very impressive architecture, would love to gaze my eyes on those too.

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  8. A beautiful old old church. I guess it would be busy at the moment with the ship disaster nearby.

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  9. Beautiful photos!
    What a beautiful old church.

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  10. Gorgeous photos.. A beautiful church inside and unique outside :)

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  11. Wonderful photos of this great Basilica ! Have a nice day.

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  12. Just stunning photos my friend so lovely to catch up again hope you have a wonderful day.

    Always Wendy

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  13. the church interior has some warm and cozy feeling! really unique design...nice catch!

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