Colosso di San Carlo Borromeo | The Church
Sito ufficiale del Colosso di San Carlo Borromeo ad Arona sul Lago Maggiore. La Statua è alta circa 35 metri, altezza che può essere raggiunta salendo all’interno del Sancarlone, fino alla sua sommità. Attraverso alcuni gradini a chiocciola e poi una ripida scala alla marinara con protezione, si sale infatti fino alla testa del santo osservandone al contempo la struttura interna. Da qui è possibile guardare all’esterno tramite alcuni fori corrispondenti agli occhi, le narici, le orecchie del santo. Altre finestre si aprono all’altezza delle spalle consentendo di affacciarsi e di godere del notevole panorama circostante.
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Interno della Chiesa San Borromeo ad Arona

The Church

Chiesa San Carlone

The church of Saint Charles in Arona was designed by architectFrancesco Maria Richini and built starting from 1614.

The building consists of a single large square room in a baroque style. The motto of the Borromeo family “Humilitas” is written in the centre of the black and white marble floor.

The inside of the late baroque dome was painted in the early XVIII century (“Saint Charles with Saint Ambrogio and Saint Simpliciano, his predecessors”).

From the two doors either side of the altar, you reach a corridor that encircles a chapel dedicated to the birth of Saint Charles. This room is a reproduction of the “room of the three lakes”: in fact, some parts of the room of the castle, where the saint was born, were brought here in order to allow better access to the pilgrims. In the chapel, two closets with wood inlay doors, preserve relics of the saint.

In the same corridor there is a sedan chairused by Saint Charles, and a wooden model of Milan Cathedral made by the seminarists of the local seminary, on occasion of the third centenary of the saint’s death.