San Carlone Arona
San Carlone Arona
The San Carlone or Sancarlone or the Colossus of San Carlo Borromeo is a massive bronze statue, erected between 1614 and 1698, near Arona, Italy.
It is built on a hill overlooking Lago Maggiore near the ancestral castle of the Borromeo family. A series of chapels was planned documenting the life of the saint, forming a Sacro Monte for religious meditation and veneration. Only three were eventually built.
The statue was designed by Giovan Battista Crespi, called Il Cerano, but erected by Siro Zanella of Pavia and Bernardo Falconi of Lugano. It was begun in 1614, soon after St Charles Borromeo’s canonization. The 23.4 metre statue is finished with sheets of hammered copper, and joined with bolts. It stands on a granite pedestal, 11.7 metres high. The interior can be accessed by narrow stairs and ladders, allowing visitors to peer through the eyes and ears.
Charles Borromeo (Italian: Carlo Borromeo, Latin: Carolus Borromeus, 1538–1584) was a cardinal who was archbishop of Milan from 1564 to 1584. Among the great reformers of the troubled sixteenth century, Borromeo, with St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Philip Neri, and others, led the movement to combat the inroads of the Protestant Reformation. He was a leading figure during the Counter-Reformation and was responsible for significant reforms in the Catholic Church, including the founding of seminaries for the education of priests. He is honoured as a saint in the Catholic Church and his feast day is 4 November.
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