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The parish church of San Silvestro in Selva del Montello

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The parish church of San Silvestro in Selva del Montello

In the small village of Selva del Montello, in the province of Treviso, there is a parish church that offers its visitors works of art of a higher value than one might expect from a small village...

The church has very ancient origins (8th-9th century), but its current appearance is to be attributed to the parish priest Don Giovanni Saccardo, who ruled the parish in the first half of the nineteenth century.

During the Napoleonic suppressions, the parish priest was able to gather at his church the furnishings from other deconsecrated buildings of worship from various places in the region: bronzes, silver, paintings, pottery, but also altars, holy water fonts, flooring. The result was a rich and sumptuous church, very unusual for a small countryside town.

For example, along the walls we find a Crucifixion by Tintoretto (from Chiesa dei Santi Cosma and Damiano in Giudecca) and a Madonna with Child by Paolo Veneziano (from Chiesa di Santa Chiara in Murano); the main altar comes from Chiesa di San Secondo in Isola in the Venice lagoon, while the rear of the dossal was in the Certosa del Montello; the altarpiece (Saint Sylvester baptizes the emperor Constantine) was commissioned by the Selva vestry to Vincenzo Guarana, while the altar is surmounted by six large canvases depicting the Stories of Moses by Gianantonio Guardi. The side altars are also of Venetian origin.

Selva del Montello is only a short distance from Treviso... Make sure you put this small village in your itinerary through Treviso Province and discover the treasures of the Church of San Silvestro!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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