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Church of San Martino at Altoè

Little remains of the ancient church of San Martino, founded probably in the middle of the 6th century, and now incorporated into a farm building. The present church was built in the 18th century as the private chapel of the castle (perhaps replacing an earlier chapel) and was dedicated to San Contardo.
It was the wish of Count Anguissola that the new chapel should be the same size as the old parish church, by then in very poor condition.
As soon as it was complete, it began to be used in place of the old parish church and assumed the dedication to St Martin.
The painting above the high altar shows St Martin and was begun by Antonio Gemmi, though finished by his student Luigia Massari, and was given to the parish by the Duchess Marie Louise of Austria, as was another painting of St John the Evangelist. The church is a simple building, without aisles, and contains three altars.
The high altar is in marble and there is fine marquetry in the choirstalls.
There is a private chapel of the Anguissola family, accessible both from inside the church and from the courtyard of the castle. In 1967 the presbitery was frescoed by Luciano Ricchetti, commissioned by Countess Maria Pozzi. The frescoes show scenes from the lives of St Martin and St Contardo.

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