Chiesa di Santa Maria ad Nives, Faenza

#5 of 22 in Historic Sites in Faenza
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Church
Santa Maria ad Nives is an ancient Roman Catholic church, located on Piazza Santa Maria Foris Portam, in Faenza, Italy.Founded outside of the city walls, likely in the 6th-century, the church was once called Santa Maria Foris Portam, or Santa Maria Vecchia. Originally oriented towards an eastern apse, as was common with paleochristian churches, some state it was the first cathedral in the town. Some of the construction still dates to the 15th century, with blind arches next to the large windows. The sculpted columns at the entrance likely spolia from the 6th century. It was affiliated with a benedictine monastery, and was visited by St Pier Damiano while en route to die in the hermitage of Gamogna for the winter of 1072.The interior was rebuilt and expanded in 1655, reversing the orientation, and adding a portico the entrance. Among the works inside are Gaspare Sacchi's altarpiece of the Virgin and Saints (1522) at the first altar on the left. In the chapel of St Bernard of Clairvaux to the right of the main altar are small canvases depicting the Life of St Bernard (circa 1610) by Niccolo Paganelli.
For Chiesa di Santa Maria ad Nives and beyond, use our Faenza trip app to get the most from your Faenza vacation.
Create an itinerary including Chiesa di Santa Maria ad Nives
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Chiesa di Santa Maria ad Nives reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
8 reviews
  • It was the Cathedral of Faenza before the construction of the present Cathedral.
    See original
  • Too bad that like most of our beauties is not kept well
    See original

Plan your trip to Faenza

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.