- Arts and Culture, Maira Valley
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Welcome to Maira valley, a stunning valley with tortuous roads, which bring you to the enchanting places.
Today we stop at a magic place, the San Salvatore chapel in Macra.
how many times travelers and the people who live or go often in this valley, pass near this spot and they don’t know the huge beauty that there is inside? Many!
Well, it’s a little chapel situated a few steps from the street that connect Dronero to the high valley. It’s surrounded by a green hill with some trees and it’s a lovely place to have a picnic during the summer.
We won’t look at it only from outside, because the goal of our trip is to admire what surrounds us closely, to fall in love with the artistic heritage and the wild nature.
So, shall we enter?!
Here we are!
A wonder, don’t you think?
it’s one of the most ancient testimony of catholic settlement in this area. It was grounded by some monks from Oulx around on the 12th century. in the 14th century the chapel passed under the jurisdiction of the parish church of Santa Maria of Caraglio.
You can admire with your own eyes some late Romanesque frescoes, which tell us some stories about the Old and New Testament.
At the left side of the presbytery you can see a scene with Adam and Eve and a battle of the Old Testament. in the lower part of the wall there is a flute player, which is palying a funeral song. At the right side of presbytery there is a dancer and a zither player. This scene recollects the dance of Salomé in front of her father Herod. below is the scene of the grain offering of Cain and Abel.
In the apse there are four panels, alternated with three single-lancet windows, which keep inside the twelve Apostles. those frescoes covered the old ones.
Above you can observe the four evangelists, who are writing their own gospel. they are separated by Christ within a mandorla shape.
On the column of the arch there are two late-gothic frescoes, which represent on the left Saint Catherine with the wheel of the martyrdom, on the right Saint Anthony and above the Annunciation.
all those works are attributed to two epochs: the Maestro of Lusernetta and Giacomo Jaquerio, but the sources are not sure about it.
Take your time and enjoy this place before going out.
At the end of this short visit, I wish you to take some time after your hikes and to go looking for those hidden treasures.
They tell us the history of our mountains and of the people, who was born, grew and passed away in those places.
Never stop getting amazed by the art that surrounds you,
by the things, which our ancestors left us as inheritance.
They told us our roots.
Let’s close the door behind us and take our rucksacks again. Let’s go back on the path!
The road forward is still long!
t is possible to visit the chapel thanks to the “churches with open doors” project that allows you to independently open some ecclesiastical cultural heritage of Piedmont and the Aosta Valley with the help of an app. For further information http://www.cittaecattedrali.it/it/chiese_aperte