We had seen Chiesa Di San Martino, while we walking along the promenade from Paratico to Sarnico on the southern shore of Lake Iseo in Northern Italy, while on holiday in September 2018. To reach the church, you had to make your way up into the old part of Sarnico. We were not looking for a church, but when one presents itself with an open door, you just have to enter, also it was lovely and cool, the outside temperature was well into the 30’s. So with husband resting in the cool, I had a little more time take my photos……there was no rush in this lovely peaceful place.
The ancient parish church of Sarnico, erected in Medieval times and restored in the early decades of the 16th Century, but was demolished in 1727 to make room for the new larger and brighter building, in order to face the needs of the growing community.
This is such a beautiful church, Chiesa Di San Martino, a lot of restoration work has been carried out over the years, but so worth it. The façade is Baroque style – which is a highly ornate and often extravagant style, that flourished in Europe from the early 17th until the mid-18th century. It followed the Renaissance and preceded Rococo (in the past often referred to as “late Baroque”) It was encouraged by the Catholic Church as a means to counter the simplicity and austerity of Protestant architecture, art and music. I know that some people will think this style is over the top, but when you stand in the centre and look around, the sheer size and beauty of the ceilings are enough to make you smile……well it’s enough for me 🙂 We were lucky as we had the church to ourselves, and again there were no restrictions on taking photos, so I took way too many, but it was so photogenic, if a church can be. After the visit we made our way back to the hotel for picnic in the garden off of our room and some rest, as next day was a walk around an island.