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The Chapel of San Michele

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In the 19th century, the Counts Ravignani had an aristocratic chapel built on the villa property, now Palazzo Trombetta. In the 20th century, the private chapel, dedicated to St Michael Archangel, was donated to the Alpini by Mr Trombetta, later owner of the villa and estate. Neo-Gothic in style, it has a scenographic gabled façade, the dimensions of which in fact exceed the actual dimensions of the church. The rose window and mullioned windows are only painted. The yellow and red horizontal stripes recall the alternation of tuff and brick typical of medieval Veronese architecture.

The upward movement carachteristic of the Gothic is accentuated by the pinnacles on the sides and in the centre of the top of the façade, which guide the gaze towards the sky, towards God.

The image of Michael the Archangel, the saint to whom the chapel is dedicated, is based on passages from the book of Revelation in which he appears as an adversary of the devil, victorious in the last battle against Satan and his supporters. He was already regarded by the Jews as the prince of angels, protector of the chosen people of Israel. His name in Hebrew sounds Mi-ka-El and means: Who is like God? The Archangel of light and fire is represented winged, strong and young; he wears armour and wields the sword or spear with which he defeats the devil, who is often represented in the guise of a dragon. The Lombards were a pagan and warlike people who conquered much of Italy and also our territory in the 6th century. Converted to Christianity, they chose the Archangel Michael as their protector: the warrior prince of God protected a people of warriors converted and therefore belonging to the people of God. They dedicated numerous churches and shrines built on high ground to him.

Artistic trend, which arose in Europe between the 18th and 19th centuries as part of Romanticism, which re-evaluated mediaeval art, particularly Gothic architecture, recovering structural and decorative elements such as pinnacles, pointed arches, rampant arches, lobed arches and windows, composite pillars. The medieval period was valued as the time of the greatest affirmation of Christianity and the origin of national cultures.

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The CTG El Preon APS Group has decided to dedicate this route among nature, history and tradition to the memory of one of the group's founding members, Romano Giacomelli, a tireless supporter of Cavaionese culture and education, who passed away in 2022.