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Baroque Churches

Baroque churches make up a significant part of the monumental heritage of Macerata Province that Fondazione Carima wishes to promote through the TUMA tourism portal. This section, that traces the meticulous study published in the book Lo Spazio del Sacro, presents a large number of examples of sacred Baroque architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries in the Macerata area. There are about eighty buildings that bear witness to an artistic period which was long ignored and that contemporary critics are now tending to re-evaluate. These churches with their grandiose and theatrical decorations, which were not to everyone’s liking, aspired to convey universally and with immediacy the beauty of the faith. Thanks especially to religious communities like the Oratorians and the Jesuits, the period saw a resurgence of church architecture. That was how existing, often medieval, buildings, came into contact with Baroque splendour. Without a prevalent style, today we have inherited a heterogeneous wealth of places of worship in varying states of conservation that authoritatively represents the architecture of that era in the Marche region.