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Chiesa Collegiata e Parrocchiale di Santa Maria in Arco

Chiesa Collegiata e Parrocchiale di Santa Maria in Arco

Piazza Canoniche, 6 38062 ARCO (TN)



Inside the single nave collegiate there is a marble statue dedicated to the Assumption, perhaps the work of the sculptor Gabriele Cagliari of Verona. Among the altars present, five of which are by Domenico Rossi, the fourth on the right is entitled to the Blessed Sacrament - closed by an iron and brass gate - while the second altar on the left is dedicated to Mary Magdalene, sculpted by the brothers Cristoforo and Sebastiano Benedetti of Castione. Side altar first left: Pala of the Virgin with Child, two angels and St. Michael the Archangel, of the Brusasorzi Above the first altar on the left there is an altarpiece depicting the Madonna with the Child Jesus, two angels and St. Michael the Archangel of Felice Brusasorzi, executed on commission by Guglielmo Torboli di Arco, archpriest of Angiari (Vr). The wooden choir is the work of Giacomo Benedetti of Desenzano del Garda, completed in 1731. Adjacent to the presbytery are the two entrances in the floor leading to an underground sepulcher where the canons of the collegiate and local counts were buried in the past.
The construction work was undertaken in 1613 on the remains of an ancient and previous church of Romanesque origin, whose foundation is between the fourth and the ninth century and which is mentioned for the first time in a document dated 1144. Nothing has been preserved of the ancient medieval building, which was demolished in 1613 to make way for the current building, designed by the imperial architect Giovanni Maria Filippi da Dasindo. The works, financed also by the various communities of the area, lasted for some decades until 1630, when they had to be interrupted due to the violent epidemic plague that decimated almost three thousand victims - the Arcense community. The collegiate church was officially consecrated on May 15, 1671.
The following projects addressed to the students and to the adults can be taken into consideration: 1. Under the same sky In collaboration with the Local Table of Religious Memberships, the Ecumenical Center has created an exhibition space on the great Abrahamic religions with liturgical furnishings and objects, sacred books and ceremonial sounds; a precious opportunity to help recognize diversity as a value. - the three corners of Abraham's faith (learning to know before speaking: first step for an effective dialogue). 2. Yesterday Council; today ecumenism In the 16th century the city of Trento was chosen to host a Council, whose decisions changed not only the face of the Church, but the same traits of Europe. Even today, those traces continue to mark the history of our time: where can they be found ? - the Church in constant reform: clashes and meetings (in Trentino territory: Christian confessions yesterday and today). 3. Other religions: reality and prejudices Relations between members of different religions are still marked by prejudice, which in the past caused situations of strong intolerance. What about today? Has interreligious dialogue overcome preconception, trivialization, superficiality? - the story of little Simone: prejudices and information (religions in the city: the reality between illusions and perceptions). 4. To listen to the Elsewhere: the sounds of faith If the Word is necessary for the encounter between human creatures, the Sound is indispensable for every encounter with God. Thus, listening becomes a real place of relationship, from where to start to live together, between research and respect. - the sounds of others: listening, singing, coloring (the box of dialogue: ten objects to learn to live together).
The Ecumenical Center is the diocesan reference for ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, as inspired by the indications of the Second Vatican Council. In its structure there is the cultural center Bernardo Clesio, inaugurated on December 8th 1966; the diocesan Commission for ecumenism and interreligious dialogue, established on January 25, 1968; the diocesan spaces dedicated to culture and dialogue; a small library, a permanent exhibition with the furnishings of the religions and a small ecumenical chapel.
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