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Chiesa di S. Marta, Menaggio

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  • This church is just a few steps off the main square, and can be easily joined with a visit to the church of Santo Stefano. It's worth a quick look inside. 
    This church is just a few steps off the main square, and can be easily joined with a visit to the church of Santo Stefano. It's worth a quick look inside.  more »
  • A beautiful small church very dimly lit. Free to enter but we did donate to light a candle for a relation. Well worth dropping in. 
    A beautiful small church very dimly lit. Free to enter but we did donate to light a candle for a relation. Well worth dropping in.  more »
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  • The church of S. Marta is certainly an ancient building, even if the external features are from the nineteenth century. To be observed carefully are the marble slabs placed on the facade; one is the tombstone of Lucio Minicio Exorato from the 1st century. A.D., found in the lake in front of the Roman walls of Santa Maria Rezzonico and transferred here in 1500 by the humanist Francesco Calvi from Menaggino. Above, a stone arch key with the bas-relief depiction of the castle of Menaggio, from the 16th century which has become the municipal coat of arms. At the entrance to the church there is an original medieval font, and on the altar, a venerated Hessian crucifix. On the walls there are valuable paintings, including a Nativity and a Flagellation from 1700.
  • From Piazza Garibaldi you go up the wide Via Calvi, on the right of which stands out the nineteenth-century facade of the church of Santa Marta, decorated with terracotta friezes: documented in 1582, it is a single-nave construction with a side chapel, integrated into the surrounding building fabric . Very interesting, among the stone fragments walled at the base of the facade, is the funerary inscription that quotes Lucius Minicius Exoratus, a Roman official at the time of Vespasiano, from which, according to the most usual interpretation, the Latin toponym Menaxium derives. Excerpt from the Guide "Discovering Tremezzina" (Francesco Soletti, Edizioni New Press 2017).

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