Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta
Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 1, 51016 Montecatini Terme PT, Italy
The Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Montecatini Termewas declared a basilica minor in 1988 by Pope John Paul II. It was designed by Raffaello Fagnoni, Pierluigi Spadolini, Mario Negri and Alfonso Stocchetti. To build it, which took place between 1953 and 1958, the Neoclassical churchby Luigi de Cambray Digny that dated to 1833was destroyed. The original building was preceded by a simple façade with an ionic porch and lightened by a semi-circular window.
Santa Maria Assunta, boasting a slender tower, has an octagonal layout and four chapels beside the presbytery, above which sits a spherical, covered tiburium. The building is imposing for its support structures in reinforced concrete, completely covered in travertine. Also worth mentioning are the windows decorated by the painter Giorgio Scalcoand, at the back of the presbytery, a Crucifixby the Florentine sculptor Sauro Cavallini