The church stands on what may be called the “sacred area” of Gravedona, comprising also the nearby parish church of San Vincenzo, the latter characterized by a remarkable Romanesque crypt. Probably this was a place of worship already in the roman age (in the two churches there are materials recovery of ancient times) and the church and sort perhaps on the site of a pagan temple. It is mentioned for the first time as baptistery, dedicated to San Giovanni Battista: in the annals of Fulda, documents of an ancient abbey in Western Germany, we find a text, of the 823, which speaks of a miraculous fresco painted in this church, depicting the Adoration of the Magi, that for two days shone its light.
The news about the origin of Santa Maria del Tiglio are inversely proportional to its splendour, i.e. almost nil. But they are silent about the sources, speak the stones: the temple como and li to admire, wonderful reality. Even if everything is different from what you might expect, everything is unexpected, strange, amazing. It seems a cube, for example, massive, firmest. And yet there is heaviness, there is no oppression
The exterior, with alternating bands of light stone and dark, has the singularity of the bell tower set on the entrance portal, has a square cross-section in the lower part, octagonal in the upper part. The inside, with a single compartment, has women’s galleries which run on the sides, and the apse unusually articulated in three absidiole formed in thickness of the wall. On the wall to the left of the entrance is a Universal Judgment fourteenth century, above the altar a big wooden Crucifix of the XII century.
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