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The historic centre of Pietra Ligure: photo description (Centro Storico di Pietra Ligure)

The historic centre of Pietra Ligure - nice to walk around the place in the popular tourist resort town. The name of the city was named after the imposing of military installations on top of the free-standing cliffs, facing the sea. The first people settled on the territory of modern Pietra Ligure in the Neolithic period, talking about archaeological finds made in the nearby caves of Monte Trabaccolo. The town developed around a fortified citadel, which became the stronghold of the Byzantines against the Lombards. In the Middle ages the fortress, the former property of the bishops of Albenga, was rebuilt in the castle, but the traces of its military purpose are still visible today, as well as architectural elements added later in the 16th to 18th centuries.

In 1385, the year on the orders of Pope urban VI Pietra Ligure along with the nearby borgio, Verezzi, Giustenice and other settlements became part of the Genoese Republic, where it remained until the accession of the latter to the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia. From the 18th to the 20th century Pietra flourished as a center of Maritime trade, and in the last century, the mild climate and healthy air have made it a recognized tourist resort, ready to receive visitors all year round.

One of the most ancient and complete architectural sights of the historic centre of Pietra Ligure is the Church of Oratorio dei Bianchi 11th century. Standing in the picturesque Piazza Vecchia, also known as Piazza del Mercato, it has long served as a city parish Church, consecrated in honor of St. Nicholas. It was later reconstructed in the Baroque style. In the Church interiors attract the attention of columns of local stone from Verezzi, as well as standard vessels for olive oil, the era of the Genoese Republic and fragments of a medieval well, once located in Piazza Vecchia. Near the Church stands the bell tower with a bronze bell, which, according to legend, in 1525, the year called by St. Nicholas to commemorate the end of plague.

Another religious landmark is the Church of Annunziata of the 16th century, paintings, and Marliano De Ferrari and the statue of Brandimarte. This Church has long served as Pius V, Pope (1566-1572). Today, the temple belongs to the brotherhood of St. Catherine.

The Church of Nostra Signora del Soccorso, built in the late 16th century at the behest of the noble family Doria, originally had a single side chapel, but was later expanded and adorned with marble portals work Solari. Inside is a marble altar crowned with the image of altarpiece of the 17th century painted by Castello, and nearby you can see the "Madonna and child" of the 15th century - a beautiful creation by an unknown artist.

Cathedral Pietra Ligure is the name of the city's patron Saint Nicholas of Bari. The Cathedral was built in the late 18th century by architect Montaldo. Naccumulatedvalue. In 1791, the year the Cathedral was consecrated. Framed on both sides by bell towers, the façade was completed only in the early 19th century. Inside you should pay attention to frescoed dome and to see the collection of paintings and a wooden choir of the Cathedral of Marseilles.

Finally, in the historical center of Pietra Ligure you can see a number of secular buildings, such as Palazzo Leale, Francelli, built in the 18th century on the site of the construction of the 13th century. The interiors of the Palazzo, today privately owned, decorated with frescoes by Novaro. Special mention deserves the Palazzo golly with a remarkable portal of the 15th century - and today its walls is an urban municipality. You can also explore the Villa Accame, Palazzo Bado, Bazadona Palazzo, Palazzo Bosio-Journey, Palazzo Chiappa and Villa Carlotta, known for its rich interior of the 19th century.