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Church of St. Valentine

Town: Caldonazzo

Located on the Colle di Brenta (579 m), has origins even before 1259 as can be deduced from a document of the Bishop of Trento Egnone.

The small sanctuary has been restored several times over time. On the floor, on the left under the step, we can read the date 1289. The apse has three lunettes and, on the ceiling, there are some frescoes: in the middle you can admire the Madonna and Child, on the left St. Valentine with an epileptic at his feet, on the right San Rocco. The interludes between the lunettes are adorned with angels carrying long ribbons with Latin words written in Gothic. The inscription "Hail Mary..." it dates back to 1500 as evidenced by the coats of arms of Giacomo Trapp, who had the church in 1463, and of the Countess Barbara. The Trapp, founders of the dynasty of Caldonazzo, restored the church with the specific intent of a first separation from the parish of Calceranica.

The altar painting represents St. Valentine and St. Charles Borromeo and was painted by Joachim and Antonio Mayr in 1759. The altar and the statue are from 1628. Right in front of the church, on the back of the hill, the Roman military road Via Claudia Augusta once passed. Further on, the large wall on the left indicates the presence of the ancient Castle of the Lords of Brenta, probably built in the twelfth century and destroyed in the early 1300s.

In the area were found Roman tombs with coins and a fragmentary Christian epigraph, now kept in the church of Caldonazzo.

The Church can be visited for groups on weekends, upon reservation.

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