Bianzano

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Bianzano
Comune
Comune di Bianzano
Bianzano and its valley
Bianzano and its valley
Bianzano is located in Italy
Bianzano
Bianzano
Location of Bianzano in Italy
Coordinates: 45°46′N 9°55′E / 45.767°N 9.917°E / 45.767; 9.917Coordinates: 45°46′N 9°55′E / 45.767°N 9.917°E / 45.767; 9.917
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province Province of Bergamo (BG)
Area
 • Total 6 km2 (2 sq mi)
Elevation 614 m (2,014 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total 543
 • Density 91/km2 (230/sq mi)
Demonym Bianzanesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 24060
Dialing code 035
Patron saint San Rocco
Saint day 16 August
Website Official website

Bianzano is a comune in the province of Bergamo, in Lombardy, Italy. It is 600 meters (2,000 ft) above sea level and lies on a little plateau between Cavallina and Seriana valleys. The village boasts a historic center, having kept its original structure with some remains of minor fortified buildings and the imposing medieval Suardi Castle overlooking the valley. Other two outstanding monuments are the shrine of Our Lady of the Assumption (1234) and the parish church dedicated to Saint Roch (1575).

Suardi Castle[edit]

The date of the castle construction remains unknown, although an inscription on the right side of the portal which leads to the inner courtyard bears the date 1233. Surrounded by a double walls with the remains of the rampart, the castle has a perfectly square shape and is dominated by its 25-meter (82 ft) high tower, centered on the front side of the building. The castle was never used as a noble residence[citation needed] but served as a safe place to keep agricultural produce and shelter wayfarers. Thanks to its position, it was also used to control the road linking up Cavallina and Seriana valleys.

Valuable frescoes are still preserved in the castle main entrance: playful Cupids with garlands and flowers on the barrel vault; the cardinal Virtues on the niches by the sides of the Gothic portal.

The Shrine of Our Lady of the Assumption[edit]

Built in 1234, it served as parish church until 1614, when a new, greater church was built in the center of the village. Heavily restored at the beginning of the 18th century, it houses a valuable wooden ciborium carved by Andrea Fantoni.

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