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Bra is one of the major centers of Piedmontese Baroque. Of great impact are the imposing buildings that overlook the old market square (today Piazza Caduti per la Libertà), forming ideal frames for the square itself: the Town Hall, Palazzo Mathis, Palazzo Garrone and church of S. Andrea.

 

Bra - Piazza Caduti for freedom

 

 The square, in the center of which is the statue of San Giuseppe Cottolengo, is located in the historically oldest part of the city center, called "della Rocca", and a few steps from it it is possible to walk along the upper part of theWing which, overlooking Corso Garibaldi and Piazza XX Settembre, offers the possibility of grasping not only a suggestive panorama of the historic center but also the opportunity to reach historic buildings such as the church of SS. Trinity (better known in the city as Chiesa dei Battuti Bianchi), the birthplace of San Giuseppe Benedetto Cottolengothe historic Palazzo Guerra and the Red Palace, to finally get to church of S. Maria degli Angeli

 

Palazzo Traversa

 

Along the streets that lead from Piazza Caduti Libertà towards the hilly part of the historic center, it is possible to admire the historic Palazzo Valfrè di Bonzo, in the corner of via Serra and via Monte di Pietà, the chapel of the Holy Rosary (recently restored) and the Gothic Palazzo Traversa. Going further up Monte Guglielmo, the highest point of the city, you reach the park of the Zizzola, an octagonal building, symbol of Bra. A few steps and you can see the characteristic silhouette of the church of Santa Chiara, masterpiece of rococo architecture, while going down in the central vand Vittorio Emanuele  other important testimonies of sacred art such as the church of St. John taken off (known by the name of the founding brotherhood, as the church of the Black Battuts), S. Antonino and the imposing parish of St. John the Baptist

 

In the center, at the confluence of via Principi di Piemonte e Via Cavour, you meet the Church of San Rocco, which today, deconsecrated, hosts numerous art exhibitions. Continuing towards the wide Piazza Carlo Alberto, one is struck by the neoclassical portico and the majestic dome of Civic Theater Politeama Boglione 

In the northern part of the city is the sanctuary of the Madonna dei Fiori, a religious complex built in memory of the apparition of the Virgin Mary to Egidia Mathis in 1336. 

 

Pollen from above

 

 

 

In the hamlets, great artistic relief covers the monumental complex of Pollenzo consisting of the castle, the agency and the parish church that overlook the central square of the ancient Roman city. Unesco, the United Nations organization that deals with world cultural and artistic heritage, has included Pollenzo in the "World Heritage" among the heritage of humanity.