Montegrazie

 

The town centre of Montegrazie (know as Monte Grosso up to 1872), rose up on the hill side beyond the Stream Forno.

The Our Lady parish made by Planello, in spite of the damages suffered during the 1887 earthquake, is perfectly integrated whit the surrounding; medieval, it has been re-designed by Architect Tagliafichi from Genoa, and realised by Dommenico Belmonte in 1756-1764.

Close to it, you can admire the Oratory of St. Caterina brotherhood, nowadays de-consecrated and partially rebuild; it has been built in 1589 by Architect Semeria.

Whit a short walk between the olive trees, you can arrive to one of the most beautiful monuments in Liguria, the Graces’ Sanctuary.
The monumental complex is composed by the ancient apparition Chapel (14th century), the main Church (ended in 1450), the bell tower close to the Chaplain’s house (1671) and the fountain (1635), once covered by marble.

A popular religious festival is celebrated every 8th of September and often the Sanctuary is open to artistic and musical events.