You can spot the Church of the St. Sepulchre from far away by its bell tower, and if you look at it carefully, you can see it bents a little to one side…..
The bell tower in the Baroque style was built in 1616 upon a project attributed to Simone Moschino. The quadrangular main body is in dorico style: to it overlaps another level with large trifora windows on every side. Other windows are present also in the upper level, reentering in the wall adorned with different frames. The bell tower is enriched by two loggias with handrail, and it finishes with a cuspide (tented roof) supporting the cross. The bells have been removed by the fascist regime in 1942, to be fused and make weapons but bronze was returned six years after the end of the war, and 3 could be melted. Every bell is devoted to a Saint: St. Giovanni Bosco, St. Ubaldo and St. Felicola.
The present church was built in 1257 in the place of the precedent one, which came from 1100 and is documented from 1136. It is in the very severe Gothic style with its small windows on the left side, but the exterior has been greatly changed. The once sheltering façade had a large rose window and the main door was preceded by a narthex. In 1506 the church was adapted to the Renaissance flavour with new door and window decorations and inserting pilasters in sculpted sandstone by Bartolomeo Pradesoli upon the designs of Jacopo da Modena. Subsequent modifications were made in 1600 and 1701, while the right flank was rebuilt according to the Neoclassical style in 1780 upon designs by Antonio Brianti.
The interior has only one nave with a Gothic arcade and five chapels on each side plus two parallel to the sanctuary. Lorenzo Zaniboni and Giacomo Trioli created the carved wood ceiling between 1613 and ’17. (sorry for the dark photos but the churh is barely lit)
There are large paintings by the students of Lionello Spada above the arcade from the early twenties of the 1600. Giuseppe Carra sculpted the Stations of the Cross.
In the sacristy there is furniture from local craftsmen from the 1600s and 1700s as well as various paintings.
Antonio Ferrari d’Agrate created the capitals and columns, while the terracotta cornice with festoons and angel heads is by Cremonese workmanship.
Adjacent to the church is the former monastery of the Canons Regular of the Lateran, who officiated at the church from 1257 till 1798, when the order was suppressed. In 1566, the monastery received the title of Abbey and now it belongs to the Dominican order.
The church is located along one of the main street in my town, I crossed it so many times but I never went inside till a couple of weeks ago when walking with my daughter and decided to have a look. I’m glad I did that because it was a very peaceful moment….