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Devotional Signs of Villamiroglio

Page dedicated to the devotional signs in the area of Villamiroglio. With signs of devotion it means chapels and shrines, niches with statues, crosses, monuments and frescoes, or all those works that illustrate the profound religious , devotional and artistic sense of past generations. Full list of signs listed by Villamiroglio in Foto (36 so far), regardless of the current state of preservation and maintenance, with information and pictures (click to enlarge them). In the page Maps&Brochures is available a brochure in PDF format with a list and a map showing the location of all the signs of devotion, that you can download for free (available only in Italian).

Chapels

ST. VITUS - Piazza San Vito

Chapel dedicated to St. Vitus, of significant size, located on the corner of a courtyard which overlooks the square with the same name in Villamiroglio, not far from the new municipal building and the Belvedere. Originally had a more simple and straight structure, with a lower roof, exposed brick. The present appearance was acquired after the war, by the work of masons of Fontanetto Po, and for several successive restorations by the inhabitants of the town. Today the building has a square base surmounted by a pyramidal roof, culminating with a sphere on which there is an iron cross, the unique feature of incorporating the image of a female figure, probably a Madonna, which was also added in post-war period. Enclosed by a railing with glass, that replace the original door, inside has two lateral empty side niches, while in the center a fine altar features a statue of St. Vitus (dating back to the period of restoration) and Santa Rita. Beneath the altar, always during the restoration was placed a marble plaque, for graces received during the war by partisans and by the people. Although this maybe already on site from 800, it was probably just during the Resistance that the chapel of St. Vitus spent his most intense moments. It was used as a powder magazine by the partisans who had shelters nearby, as the Church of St. Rocco in Rairolo, the building, now owned by the Aqueduct, in Monte Croce and a house in Via Recinto, near the old Town Hall. Inside there was also penned a resident of Villamiroglio captured during a raid, released because too old. At the end of the war, Renato Ottino, son of that man, transported by bicycle on the shoulders from Crescentino to Villamiroglio the plaque later placed under the altar. The chapel was later also dedicated to partisan Lino Cover, of Villamiroglio, as recalled by a plaque on the outside wall side, during some work in 2009. Cover was killed on January 31, 1945 near Via Bertola during a round in which engaged in combat alone the German soldiers to the last bullet, allowing the other partisans hiding in Villamiroglio to escape.

ST. ODDONE - Case Oddone

Chapel dedicated to St. Oddone, located at the junction between the end of the asphalt road for Case Oddone, paths for Simpo Farm and Farm Pasquale and the start of the dirt road Santa Liberata. The chapel's origins date back to the early '900, when the family Gennaro, who lives in the village of Case Oddone, built a small chapel, probably due to some graces received. The last major renovation date back to November 1978, on the back it is engraved the date 11/03/1978. After the extinction of the family Gennaro, due to severe events, the inhabitants of the village continued, keeping the keys in turn, to take care of the chapel, and even today the few remaining inhabitants are continuing to keep ot in order, although their numbers has been drastically reduced in recent times.
The chapel has a plant just rectangular, with a tiled roof and a small iron cross on the top of the pediment. The outer walls are plastered, although only the front one is whitewashed. A wrought iron gate closes the entrance arch. Inside, in the walls there are three semi-niches, the one in the back, facing the entrance, has a small altar with a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, which is a later addition. On the left is hung an oil painting of author and date unknown, representing St. Oddone on the road in a hilly landscape, that can remind of the territory of Villamiroglio, invoice modest, seemingly amateur. The left niche houses a votive plank of wood, partly damaged and incomplete, with scenes of life in the fields with wagons, cattle and hay, bearing the inscription "for graces received by Gennaro family from 1906 to 1910 "probably part of the original kit of the chapel, or perhaps even prior to it.


OUR LADY OF POMPEI, ST. ROCCO, ST. CATHERINE and ST. CHARLES BORROMEO - Località n' Curnarej

Small but exquisite chapel located in a small clearing in the location n'Curnarej. Nestled in the woods of Monte Croce, is reached by a steep path that connects the dirt road to Via Casusse, from SP4 to Villamiroglio, from the path of the north/west of Monte Croce, or descending the latter same. It was built in the late '800 for graces received by a family of Villamiroglio that was caught, while working in the fields, by a violent storm, which escaped and found refuge in a cabin hut built there. The storm tore the roof of the cabin and make run away the oxens up to house, but left unscathed the farmers. Disturbed by the event, and grateful for exceeding the storm untouched, the family replaced the cabin with the brick chapel. Inside made by an artist, unfortunately unknown to Pontestura, there are three paintings, the middle representing the Madonna of Carmel and St. Rocco, patron saint of animals. On either side frescoes of St. Catherine of Alexandria and St. Charles Borromeo, the two saints with the names of the family members. The frescoes are slightly damaged, in particular the one of the Madonna, due the construction of a hornet's nest, and in the corner of that is the writing. "A. Curino 1914," which seems to have been done by a soldier who took refuge in the chapel that year. Outside the chapel is plastered on three sides, while retaining the brick facade on the front. An iron gate closes the arched entrance, and a small cross is on the top of the pediment, raised above the tiled roof of the structure. Although the chapel today is in a place very little used, and abandoned, it is still in good condition, and some of the inhabitants of Villamiroglio continue sporadically take care of it.

Small Chapels

S. THERESE OF LISIEUX (ex ST. ROCCO) - Castellaro

Small chapel originally dedicated to St. Rocco. There are memory of it since the end of '800, when it was built as a votive offering to the saint for healing of animals. It appears as a tall, rectangular structure, placed at the intersection of Provincial Road and Via Castellaro, at the entrance of Vallegioliti. At the top, surmounted by a triangular pediment, there is a niche, once closed by a door of which today only the poles survives, that held in the past a painting of San Rocco, now lost. Below, in the crankcase, there are recesses for two crossed swords with the tips facing the ground. Maintained in good condition over the years by the inhabitants of Castellaro is unfortunately partly covered by a light pole, put on the front of it. The niche was restored in 2013 by the family of Marco Brusa, with the interior repainted in blue, and houses a restored statue of St. Therese of Lisieux, in memory of the grandmother of the current owners, a Lady of the Miraculous and a cross. (photo after restoration)

OUR LADY OF LOURDES - Mezzalfenga

Small chapel at the entrance of the village of Mezzalfenga above the intersection with the dirt road in direction of Sulpiano. Almost square, preceded by a step, with a triangular pediment surmounted by a large cross made of concrete, the structure is plastered, and closed by an iron gate. Inside, on the wall, a span of stylized branches painted on a blue create a backdrop to a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, located on a slight rise. On the sides are also placed a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Rita.

ST. GRATUS - Monte Bric

Particular small chapel located along the road of Mount Bric in locality Pila, between the Strada Bosa and St. Philip. The small structure, placed on a base, has the form of a pylon with sloping roof surmounted by a stone cross, and has the unique feature among the chapels of the town, to have two niches, one on the side facing the path and one on the opposite side that faces Villamiroglio, thanks also to the panoramic position in which it is located. The niche visible from the path, enclosed by one door with metal grating, contains a statue of Our Lady of the Miraculous. The small door in the second niche is lost, remain visible only the poles, originally contains a statue of St. Gratus. Of unknown origin, the chapel was probably affected by restoration between the 60s and 80s, when the door was already missing. Cleaning and restoration were performed in May 2014 by of Villamiroglio in Foto with the work of Marco Brusa, with the complete overhaul and painting plastering, and the replacing of the lost statue of Saint Gratus with a new of resin. (photo after restoration)

ST. BARTHOLOMEW - Monte Bric

Small chapel of considerable size, almost a chapel, located in the corner of a vineyard at the intersection of the path of Monte Bric and the path that goes to Case Curto, alongside an open pit. Square plan, has plastered walls, a roof and top floor with almost triangular prominent pediment, topped with a thin concrete cross, on which were embossed initials "SB", a reminder of the titration at St. Bartholomew. Closed by an iron gate, today part of the plaster of the pediment, including one letter, fell, inside the chapel contained a statue of St Bartholomew and a framed paint, both very spoiled by the weather. (The following photos are from before the fall of the plaster, and show the original appearance of the chapel)

BLESSED MARY WITH BABY JESUS and ST. JOHN  - Monte Bric

Small brick chapel on the corner of a vineyard across the street from Monte Bric, just before the ruins of Cascina Montagnino. Slightly rectangular in plan, tshow its back to the road. As the chapel of St. Bartholomew, nearby, has a flat roof and a prominent triangular pediment surmounted, however, by an iron cross with arrow arms. Closed by an iron gate, to which was subsequently added a dense wire mesh to prevent the entry of hornets. Inside has a painted ceiling in turquoise with a rayed star in the center and a most valuable fresco on the back wall depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary with a baby Jesus in her arms holding a rose, facing a young St. John, who holds a rose with one hand and clutch a small cross in anticipation of the martyrdom of Jesus. While the paint is still in good condition, and well appreciated once you open the door, an upper corner of the fresco is ruined because of the building of a nest of hornets, after so was affixed to the network to the gate. Cleaning and maintenance were carried out in late summer 2014 by several families of Vallegioliti. (photo after restoration)

ST. JOHN - Pian dell'Opj

Maybe one of oldest signs of devotion of Villamiroglio, this small chapel has been reported by memories and stories handed down over the years, about the Napoleonic period, when, as it's said, the French army camped in the area that is now known as Pian dell'Opj along the dirt road between Monte Croce and Farm Impariasca in the second half of the '800. It is said that the French built in that place a field hospital, which they used to call "Saint Jean", or St. John, just from the chapel located on the side of the road near there dedicated to that saint. The chapel was destroyed long ago by a careless operation of a tractor, which caused its collapse. Now there are only a few ruins just a short walk from the road, including some bricks still remember the shape of a small pediment. Probably it was not very big, exposed brick, even if there are no other information about his origin or his original appearance.

ST. GOTTHARD - Bricco Cavagna

Small chapel located on the top of Bricco Cavagna, just behind the last house of Via Re. It has a unique structure among those in the territory, with a base of two steps where a low column of rectangular shape holds a small shrine in the form of a tabernacle with the back of the form of an apse, two columns on the front and a small smooth trapezoidal pediment surmounted by an iron cross. Closed by a door grate keeps inside, on a little rise, a statue of St. Gotthard. On the back is engraved the inscription "Attilio 1969," probably indicating the manufacturer and the year, or work done when was opened the adjacent tambourine field now abandoned; on the front it's been recently added an inscription in metal bearing the name of the saint. Originally,the interior had at least one figure of the saint painted on the side. Every year is celebrated a Mass for the Township of Cà di Rej near this chapel.

ST. PETER MARTYR - Monte Croce

Small chapel pylon in concrete, very high, located on the edge of the small square on the top of Monte Croce, not far from the now building of the Aqueduct. The chapel has the shape of a high and narrow parallelepiped with a sloping top covered by a concrete roof. It rests on a lower base, the lower part is divided by horizontal grooves, while in the upper half there is a large niche closed by glass doors with iron structure. Inside there is a painting of St. Peter of Verona, martyr, with delicate monochrome swirls around him. The cult of this saint is still strongly felt in the town, where every year there is a mass in his honor (once held in this place, now is preferred to stay in the town). St. Peter Martyr was also celebrated in a small church on the hill above Via Piglie, where was use to perform a function on April 25, but today the church is abandoned, partly because of the steepness of the path that reach the place. The votive statue in this church has been recently restored and is now preserved in the parish church of Vallegioliti.

ST. ANTHONY - Via Mezzano

Small chapel of significant size, located at the intersection of Via Mezzano and the Provincial Road No. 3 to San Antonio. Square plan, is preceded by three steps, has plastered walls, a tiled pitched roof and a prominent triangular pediment topped with a thin cross. Closed by an iron gate, inside is plastered in blue. Made and kept during the times by the inhabitants of Via Mezzano, it contained a statue of St. Anthony, a tile and votive paintings. In May/June 2014 the chapel was restored with the interest of Villamiroglio in Foto and the residents of Via Mezzano, with the complete repainting of the walls and the gate, to which was replaced the lock. The statue, which was deteriorated over time, has been replaced by a new one of resin, and with it were placed the tile, also restored, and a picture with a bas-relief donated by the family Gamarino. A short work will be carried out on the roof for weather infiltration and replaced the ruined cross . (photo after restoration)

ST. JOHN BOSCO - Cascina Ventolina

Of recent construction, this small votive pillar dedicated to St. John Bosco has been realized by the present owners of Cascina Ventolina, along the Strada Santa Liberata, probably for favors received. Placed next to the front door of the farmhouse, it has an elegant brick structure at sight with a plastered and painted niche with gate and equipped with lighting, a sloping roof tiles and a fine iron cross. Above the niche is written the dedication to the saint, inside there's a statue of St. John Bosco, of recent making.

Niches

ST. ANTHONY (EX ST. THERESE) - Via Brusa

Small niche with glass door on the front of a house in Via Brusa. Originally contained an image of Saint Therese, from the name of the lady of the house, now houses a small statue of Saint Anthony.

 

OUR LADY OF MIRACULOUS - Via Brusa

Small niche with glass door on the front of a house in Via Brusa, one of the many votive niches used to leave during the construction of the houses. Recently remodeled by the new owners of the house, currently houses a statue of Our Lady of the Miraculous.

OUR LADY CONSOLATA - Via Brusa

Small niche in wood with glass door in front of a house in Via Brusa, contemporary with the construction of the building, visible from Stada Com. Mezzalfenga. Keeps a small statue of Our Lady Consolata, probably for devotion of the owners.

ST. JOSEPH - Via Brusa

Niche of considerable size, with glass door, surrounded by the inscription "St. Joseph - Pray for us", located on the back wall of a house in Via Brusa, visible from the road that leads to the street. Probably contemporary to the building itself, which was attributable to the parish, where once lived the sexton with his family, homes a statue of St. Joseph with baby Jsus similar to the one found in one of the niches of the parish church.

HOLY HEART OF JESUS and ST. RITA - Via Romagnoli

Niche in front of the house adjacent to the Clubhouse of Ancol of Vallegioliti in Via Romagnoli. The building, belonging to the parish church of St. Stephen, became the seat of the local kindergarten in the '20s by Giovannina Mazzone, founder of the college of the same name in Casale Monferrato. The nursery, run by nuns, remained active until the '60s. Originally, the niche was closed by a glass door and was home to a statue of the Holy Heart of Jesus. In 2013, the door has been restored, and the statue of the Holy Heart replaced with a new one, also the niche homes a restored statue of Saint Rita for devotion of the present inhabitants. (photo after restoration)

ST. ANTHONY - Via Romagnoli

Small niche with glass door on the wall that overlooks the yard of a house in front of the square of Vallegioliti. At present there is preserved a small statue of St. Anthony.



OUR LADY OF MIRACULOUS - Via Romagnoli

Small open niche on the facade of the house in Via Romagnoli which was once the venue of the bar and the weight of thetown, now a private home. There is preserved a small statue of Our Lady of the Miraculous, and is equipped with lighting.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES - Via Romagnoli

Big niche with glass door and grille on the front of a house in Via Romagnoli. Frescoes of blue, homes inside a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes and small statue of St. Bernadette. Is use, if the weather permits, to carry out a procession from the Church of St. Stephen to this niche at the end of Mass on the day dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES - Via Battaglia

Big niche on the facade of a house in Via Battaglia. The interior is painted in blue with gold excerpts and vivid flowers and houses a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, with the words "Hail Mary" on the bottom.

HOLY MARY - Via Dovesio

Along the side of Strada Dovese, just before the intersection to Monterizzolo, there is this sort of niche set in a very unusual context. It is a small structure with a square base that looks like a small house, whitewashed with a tiled roof, which actually hides a well. On the front visible coming from Villamiroglio the structure has a recess in which is placed a terracotta bas-relief depicting a Our lady's face, protected by a metal grille partially ruined.


ST. ANTHONY - Cascina Marchetta

Votive niche of considerable size on the facade of a house in Cascina Marchetta. Closed by a glass door, probably still original, and protected by a cover protruding metal arc at the top, decorated with lace pattern, retains an old and a bit worn statue of St. Anthony with Baby Jesus.


ST. ANTHONY - Via Re

Votive niche of considerable size on the facade of a house in Via Re. The house, once owned by a prominent family and used as a bed & breakfast, houses the only infernot officially census of the town. The niche overlooks the street, on the outer wall of the old barn, and is surrounded by a strip of plaster with a blue cross on top and enclosed by a glass door with metal edge, probably still original. Inside there is a statue of St. Anthony with Baby Jesus.

N.N. - Via Recinto

Small votive niche on the facade of a house in Via Recinto at the side of the entrance arc. Plastered together with a new facade, is currently empty.

ST. PIUS - Via Parasacco

Small votive niche on the facade of a house in Via Parasacco. Closed from a glass door with metal frame, is equipped with light. At present it houses a statue of St. Pius with churchgoers, probably for devotion by the current owners, it is unknown the original dedication.


ST. ANTHONY - Via Oddone

Particular niche on the side of a house in Via Oddone. Precided by a flowerbed with rosemary and bushes and enclosed by a fence with door access, the niche is surrounded by a ruined wood structure shaped as a house against the wall, painted in pale red. It presents a white rounded projecting edge and a black iron gate. Below there is a shelf with two marble vases at the sides of the niche. Inside there is a statue of Saint Anthony with Baby Jesu and a small statue of St. Pius.


N.N. - Via Montanaro

Small niche on the facade of a farmhouse in Via Montanaro. Particular shape with sloping top and shelf in the base, has been restored with the re-plastering of the building. Currently empty.

Votive Crosses

VIA CURTO

Small and low stone pylon placed at the intersection of Case Curto and Strada Com. Mezzalfenga, near a farm shed. It is surmounted by an elaborate iron cross. The cross has been damaged, possibly by incorrect handling of some vehicle, in the summer of 2014, after notification of VIF, was promptly restored. (first photo after restoration)

VIA PIGLIE

Votive stone placed on the side of the road a short walk from the houses of Via Piglie; quite high and topped by an elegant iron cross. Is engraved on the front of the pylon the date 1901, probably the year in which it was built. Over time, the growth of a hedge along the road hid and badly bent the cross, between 2013 and 2014 the hedge was removed and the cross has been straightened and repainted by inhabitants of the street. (photo after restoration)


Frescoes

OUR LADY OF CREA - Via Monterizzolo

Fresco depicting the Madonna of Crea on the facade of a house in Via Monterizzolo. Rather ruined, is framed by a border of stone, probably a later addition.

ST. DOMINIC - Via Monterizzolo

Fresco of St. Dominic on the facade of a house in the last court of Via Monterizzolo. Partly ruined, simple and modest, is surmounted by a small painted cross.

HOLY MARY - Via Maina

Fresco depicting a Madonna with two churchgoers kneeling on either side hold out freebies and surrounded by two sides of angel faces, on the facade of a house in a court of Via Maina. Modest manufacturing, almost childlike, is surrounded by a frame painted with flowering branches and surmounted by the date "1871", probably signed. Rather spoiled, some restoration efforts are visible.

HOLY MARY and SAINTS - Mezzalfenga

Large fresco on the facade of a house in Mezzalfenga. The fresco is surrounded by a frame in trompe l'oeil which incorporates architectural elements. In the upper part a black Madonna with Child holding up a blue globe, perhaps a reference to the Madonna of Crea, with a rosary hanging from the arm, looks at the figures in the lower part, probably of three saints, among which we may perhaps venture there are Saint Rocco and Saint Peter, and a third saint with black hat, perhaps a clergyman. Dated 1896 in the top frame. A bit ruined and faded by time, manufacture modest. Private property - not open to visitors

Monuments

S. PIUS - Via Principe

In Via Principe, on the bank of the Rio Valle del Curto. Valuable votive bronze statue of St. Pius, unique in the Monferrato, built by pious Brusa Daniele in front of his house already in 1986 (at that time the religious had not yet been sanctified, so on the work is remembered as "Father Pius"). The original concrete base was subsequently incorporated by boulders more rustic, with the intention of adapting it to the rural environment of the town. On the marble pedestal are remembered the religious men of the town, including the missionary Giovanni Balzola, to which is also dedicated the square in front of the parish in Villamiroglio. Restoration works have affected the base and the surrounding area with a new arrangement of stones around the monument, the laying a floor tile to protect the base, the restoration of the benches and litter bins and installation of plants and flowers between the stones, work of Villamiroglio in Foto and volunteers thanks to the offerings of the devotees of the town in May 2014 (the first 2 pictures after restoration)