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9/27/2015 - Today was the fourth day of our stay in Cinque Terre

Monterosso

We took the train one town north in Cinque Terre to Monterosso,

the only one of the five towns built on flat land. It is split into "new" and "old" towns.

The train drops passengers in the Monterosso "new" town then you walk about 1km

along a waterfront promenade to arrive in "old" town.

A large bluff separates the two sections of town.

                   

ABOVE - Just off the train and on the waterfront. Were heading to the hotel.

                   

ABOVE LEFT - View on the beach to Punta Mesco, the promontory of the mountain that

closes the gulf of Monterosso. Its cliffs are home to now unused ancient sandstone mines.
 

                   

ABOVE MIDDLE - Oratorio dei Neri (Oratory of the Dead). During the Counter-Reformation,

the Catholic Church offset the rising influence of the Lutherans by creating brotherhoods

of good works, called "confraternities". This building belonged to the group whose mission

was to arrange for funerals and care for widows, orphans and those who were shipwrecked.

ABOVE RIGHT - Lacy stone rose window above the entrance to Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista

(Church of St. John the Baptist). It has 18 slender mullions (pedals of the rose).

The facade of the church is black and white stripes of marble, typical of this region's

Romanesque style. The stripes get narrower the higher they go,

creating the illusion of a church that's taller than it really is.

                   

ABOVE LEFT - Ligurian Gothic interior of the Church of St. John the Baptist, with

original marble columns and capitals with pointed arches. Most of the dark marble

came from the nearby quarries on Punta Mesco. The church dates from 1359.

ABOVE MIDDLE - Interior of the Oratorio dating from 16th century

                   

ABOVE - After we dropped the luggage at the hotel, we walked around the town.

                   

ABOVE and BELOW - View from the terrace near the Convente del Cappuccine.

                   

BELOW - Sunbathers at the beach in Monterosso

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