ZONE C or "Area di Protezione"
The ZONES C or "aree di protezione" (protection areas) involve most of the Park and they are characterized by the presence of naturalistic and environmental features of great value linked to particular cultivations, agricultural productions, and models of settlement. The aim of these areas is to maintain rural landscapes of great interest, important for the experimentation of active safeguard measures.
In Montebruno, one of the Municipalities of Val Trebbia in ZONE C, there is "Museo della Cultura Contadina", with the Sanctuary attached. The Museum is articulated into different sections illustrating the hard work of the population who shaped in the past the rural landscape of these valleys. Montebruno Sanctuary is of particular interest.
- Montebruno Sanctuary
The Sanctuary, whose adjacent Convent is one of the most interesting sections of the monumental complex, was built in 1486 by the Augustinian monks to remember the 1478 miraculous apparition of the Madonna to a young mute shepherd. The population found in the location of the "miracle" a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary on a beech tree; nowadays the statue has been placed on the High Altar; the interior is Gothic, while the ornaments and the decorations are of Baroque style; there are valuable frescoes and paintings, and a precious wooden Crucifix dating back to the 17th century.
In the Sacristy you will find some azulejos dating back to the first half of the 16th century, probably built according to the Sevillan method.
In Busalla, one of the Municipalities of Valle Scrivia whose territory is partially in ZONE C, there is a Sanctuary which is worth a visit:
- N.S. della Bastia Sanctuary
The Sanctuary, deriving from the expansion of a pre-existing country chapel, is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is linked to the finding of a small statue of the Virgin at the half of the 17th century. The statue has been placed in a fissure of the rocky rampart.
Near the Sanctuary it is possible to observe the point of contact between the marly limestones of the Antola and the Savignone conglomerate.
Province: Genoa Region: Liguria
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