Points of interest
Confraternity of the Holy Spirit
A frescoed vault, three altars and choir stalls for the brethren, a gallery for the sisters: a snug and intimate interior is what you will see on opening the door. The church, built between 1708 and 1719 on the site of an older chapel, was the seat of several lay mutual aid societies operating in Castagnito since the 16th century. Next to one of the altars we also see the type of simple and unadorned garments worn by men and women engaged in charitable activities, in which people from all walks of life took part. The male brotherhood that owned the oratory was the White Flagellants, but the subjects depicted on the side altars, run by sisterhoods, refer to themes dear to female devotion. The Education of the Virgin, represented as a child reading about her high destiny with St Anne, her mother, protector of women in labour, is the theme of the right altar. The figure of St Elizabeth of Hungary, patron saint of bakers and health workers, is striking on the left altar, carrying roses in her lap. The flowers are an attribute of her holiness because they miraculously appeared in place of the loaves of bread she took from the royal table to give to the poor when her husband asked her to account for what she was hiding in her apron.
The Madernassa pear
The parent tree of this variety was born by chance from seed in 1784, and is probably a spontaneous cross between the Martin Sec pear and the wild pear tree. Why is it so special? Crunchy and suitable for cooking with wine and spices, it is the star of autumn cuisine. In peasant culture, because of its longevity - it keeps well after Christmas - it was an important source of vitamins during the long winters in the Roero. The original pear tree has not existed for many years, but all the plantations found today in the Langhe and Roero come from its cuttings.
The Confraternity of the Holy Spirit in Castagnito will open its doors thanks to the Churches with Open Doors app, which is an automated opening and narration system for churches in Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta. Download the Churches with Open Doors app. For info: www.cittaecattedrali.it.
Devotional interest: Yes
Access by public transport: Yes
Disabled facilities: No
Provinces crossed: Langhe Monferrato e Roero
Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
12050 Castagnito (CN)
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