Church of Saint Martha
After leaving your car in the parking lot in the Vittorio Veneto square in town, you can easily reach this small church by foot. Outwardly it’s not among the most well-preservered in this region, but its inside definitely deserves a visit: the church’s pocket-sized structure provides a cozy atmosphere, and, most importantly, the church has preserved a certain artistic value.
The church was built before the eleventh century, and today you can clearly see a series of eighteenth century interventions that give it a late-Baroque aspect. There is a beautiful portico with columns on the façade. Decorative elements include the lunar clock and two sundials that are not easily legible today: the one decorated with angels hangs above the façade’s portico and the other can be found on the south side.
Inside and to the left, the shrine of the Name of Mary hosts an excellent fresco that dates back to between 1515 and 1519 and depicts the Virgin and Child on a throne. This work is ascribable to the workshop of Sperindio Cagnola. In 1735 the shrine was restored to reinforce the popular tradition that venerates the Virgin and attributes miraculous powers to her. The inside consists of a single room with a decorative ceiling, with the main altar made of black marble and inlaid polychrome at the far end. On its shoulders hangs a fresco from the school of the Morazzone, depicting the Raising of Lazarus from the Dead.
In 1750 the Confrattelli di Santa Marta (Brothers of Saint Martha) widened the church, constructing their oratory to the side of the altar and placing the wooden statue of Saint Martha holding a bucket full of water in a gilded niche. The statue of Saint Julius was donated by the Zanotti family in 1924, while the statue of Saint Joseph was moved to the church in 1921 to complete its decor.
Open every day from 9:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M and 3:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.