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A Church of Celebration

Overlooking Piazza Vittorio Veneto is the Church of the Mother of God. It was built by settlers of the city to celebrate the return of King Vittorio Emanuele I of Savoy in 1814 after the defeat of Napoleon. Construction began in 1814 and was finally completed in 1831. To reach the church you must climb a flight of stairs, after which there is a large courtyard. On both sides of the staircase are two elevated statues representing Faith and Religion by the sculptor Carrara Carlo Chelli. Inside the church are reliefs depicting the "Life Of The VIrgin" and the statues of St. Maurice and St. John the Baptist. The church also has a shrine dedicated to the fallen of the First World War.

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