Santa Maria in Castello, Carpi

The parish church (Pieve) of Santa Maria in Castello, also known as the Chiesa della Sagra is a Romanesque style church in the city of Modena, Italy. It is remarkable for its Romanesque sculpted pulpit and portal, attributed to the school of Benedetto Antelami. The church was consecrated in 1184.[1]

  • Church of St Mary in the Castle
  • Chiesa di Santa Maria in Castello  (Italian)
  • Chiesa della Sagra
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Year consecrated1184
LocationCarpi, Italy
Geographic coordinates44°46′58″N 10°53′12″E / 44.78273°N 10.88653°E / 44.78273; 10.88653Coordinates: 44°46′58″N 10°53′12″E / 44.78273°N 10.88653°E / 44.78273; 10.88653
Architect(s)Peruzzi (facade)


Romanesque Portal depicting the Crucifixion.
Sarcophagus of Manfredo Pio.

Tradition holds that the church was founded by the Lombard king Aistulf in 752, however documentary evidence only exists from the 9th century (879).[2][3][4]

The present layout originally was laid out in the 12th century, under the patronage of Matilde di Canossa. The nave and interior was altered substantially in the year 1514, leaving only the apse as the only remaining medieval portion with some traces of frescoes. The facade (1515) was designed by Baldassarre Peruzzi. The nearly 50 meter high bell-tower was a late addition.

The interior was restored in the late 19th century under the guidance of Achille Sammarini, who aimed to highlight the antique elements including the portal with a crucifixion, the sarcophagus of Manfredo Pio (1351), and the early 14th-century frescoes in the chapels of St Catherine and St Martin, work of Antonio Alberti of Ferrara.[5]


  1. ^ Transromanica website, history of church.
  2. ^ "Carpi - Guida storico-artistica", Alfonso Garuti and Dante Colli, Carpi, 1990.
  3. ^ "Chiese di Carpi tra arte, storia e topografia urbana", Manuela Ghizzoni, Modena, 2004.
  4. ^ "Carpi e la sua storia dalle terramare a internet", M. Bizzoccoli and G. Guaitoli, Modena, 2008
  5. ^ Comune of Modena Tourism entry on church.