La Chiesa dei Cinque Campanili (The Five Bell Towers Church)

The chapel of Our Lady of Loreto
The chapel of Our Lady of Loreto

The chapel of Our Lady of Loreto commonly known as the "Church of the Five Bell Towers" represents one of the very few examples in Liguria of Renaissance construction with late-Gothic influences.

Mistakenly attributed to Bramante, it was built between 1488 and 1493 on the model of the Portinari Chapel in Sant'Eustorgio in Milan, and is linked to the most flourishing moment in the life of the village and to the work of Cardinal Carlo Domenico Del Carretto.

The square-plan building is surmounted by an octagonal dome with a polygonal apse on one side.  The external corners of the church, as well as the cornices of the large oval windows, are decorated with red bricks alternating with Pietra del Finale which give it a characteristic chromatic effect. On the corner pillars you can see, in addition to the coat of arms of the Carretto family, also the heraldry of a Genoese family. In the upper part of the building four small bell towers join the larger central one and from this characteristic derives the nickname "Chiesa dei Cinque Campanili".
The Church is located in a truly magical setting, from a respectable position dominating the valley from which you can enjoy a wonderful view.

External corners decorate with red bricks alternating with Pietra del Finale
External corners decorate with red bricks alternating with Pietra del Finale
Inside Church
Inside Church