Church of the Inviolata

The Church of the Inviolata in Riva del Garda is one of the most important architectural monuments in the city.

The Church of the Inviolata in Riva del Garda is one of the most important architectural monuments of the city. Built in the Baroque style in the 17th century, this Catholic church is located in Largo Guglielmo Marconi, an area that was once situated outside the inhabited center but now effectively marks the beginning of the historic center. In this guide, we will explore the history, architecture, and how to access this church.

History of the Church of the Inviolata

The Church of the Inviolata was built at the beginning of the 17th century, precisely in 1603, by the order of Count Giannangelo Gaudenzio Madruzzo and his wife Alfonsina Gonzaga.

The church was conceived as a place of pilgrimage to house a miraculous tabernacle containing a painting of the Madonna and Child between Saints Rocco and Sebastiano, painted by Bartolomeo Mangiavino from Salò in 1600. The church was consecrated in 1636 by Bishop Carlo Gaudenzio Madruzzo, the brother of Count Giannangelo.

affresco in the Church of the Inviolata, Riva del Garda

Over the centuries, the Church of the Inviolata has undergone various modifications. In the 18th century, a portico was added in front of the façade, while changes were made to the interior of the church in the 19th century.

In 1926, the church was damaged by an earthquake, but it was restored shortly after.

Today, the Church of the Inviolata is one of the main Catholic places of worship in Riva del Garda. It is known in particular for its Baroque architecture and the numerous works of art it contains.

Church of the Inviolata

The architecture of the Church of the Inviolata

The Church of the Inviolata is a beautiful example of Baroque architecture, featuring an imposing facade and elaborate decorations. The church’s facade is made of stone and features a central entrance portal topped by a triangular pediment, adorned with statues of angels and saints. Above the portal, there is a large oval window that provides light to the interior of the church.

The interior of the church has an octagonal floor plan with four semicircular chapels. The central dome, frescoed with a painting of St. Michael the Archangel, dominates the entire interior space of the church.

The main altar, dedicated to the Madonna dell’Inviolata, is decorated with a large painting of the Madonna with Child between Saints Rocco and Sebastiano.

Among the other works of art present, you can admire three altarpieces by Jacopo Palma the Younger and one by a follower of Guido Reni.

How to visit the Church of the Inviolata in Riva del Garda?

The Church of the Inviolata is free to visit all year round.

Where to park?

If you want to visit the Church of the Inviolata, we recommend parking at the Ex-Hospital parking lot, which is located about 100 meters away and is completely free. If you prefer a covered parking area (for a fee), you can park at the Roman Baths parking lot.

Church of the Inviolata
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