The church built in neoclassical style, is of considerable size: it is just over 12m wide and 43m long. It was built on the ruins of an ancient fort and is perched on a spur jutting over the valley.
It almost dominates Porretta from above and is clearly visible. It was built from 1600 to 1690, in stone by the Bolognese architects Giuseppe Antonio Torri and Giuseppe Borelli.
The church has a Latin cross plan with only one nave and the facade features a cusp and is unadorned. Inside the church you can see a baptismal of 1618 and a Holy water stoup of 1642, both in marble.
Other precious artifacts of note are; a wooden crucifix carved in 1630 by Fra Innocenzo da Petralia (on the third altar on the right); a painting of Saint Anne with Mary as a chlid, attributed to Alexander Guadassoni a reputable Bolognese painter of the nineteenth century (fourth altar on the right); the altarpiece by Dionigio Calvaert (the master of Guido Reni) depicting “Noli me Tangere”; a painting of Saint Anthony by Pier Maria Porretta (above the choir on the left), and a painting of the Madonna with Saints attributed to Tiarini.
Looking at the building as a whole its original Baroque style is obvious, over which has been superimposed a sort of neoclassical coldness due to the restoration work in the last century. Towards the middle of the nineteenth century the church interior was embellished with rich decorations and ornaments.
In the same period the rectory was restored, whilst in 1810 the bell tower was raised. Next to the church, it is worth noting the beautiful Oratory of the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament.
CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA MADDALENA
Porretta Terme (Bologna)
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