Undoubtedly one of the most eagerly awaited appointments of the cycle dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Vigezzina-Centovalli Railway will be 'Craveggia: an emigration worth a treasure', the exceptional temporary exhibition of the 'Treasure of Craveggia', the fruit of donations made by the many emigrants from Craveggia, a jewel of the Vigezzo Valley. Over the centuries, the families of the small Alpine village, famous for its tall chimneys and important artistic and architectural testimonies, have donated some objects of immense value that today form part of the so-called 'Treasure of Craveggia'.
To name but a few: the ancient silk chasubles, embroidered with gold and silver, monstrances, chalices, pyxes and crosses decorated with precious stones, the funeral mantle of Louis XIV, decorated with gold and silver on a black velvet background, the cope embroidered with flowers taken from the historic wedding mantle of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France. The treasure also reserves other small and large jewels: some pieces of the Life of Jesus painted on copper plates by the Flemish artist Frank, the 'dagger' and the 'Crown' of Our Lady of Sorrows with the Seven Mysteries; the 'Jesus Child' ray in gilded silver.
The result of the synergy between the Parish of Craveggia, the Municipality of Craveggia and SSIF, this temporary exhibition on the theme of emigration from Craveggia is an exceptional event: in fact, such a precious collection is usually kept in the sacristy of the church of Craveggia and is only shown to the public on very rare occasions.
On Friday 16 June, at 5 p.m., this temporary exhibition will be inaugurated at the Oratory of Santa Marta. It will remain open to the public, with free admission, for an entire month, until 16 July, on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays from 2.30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 12.30 a.m. / 2.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Special guided tours will also be scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays, by appointment only - by 12 noon on the previous day - at 350 5250508.