Walking through Casalmaggiore reserves the tourist discoveries and riches at every corner. In addition to the monuments and museums usually reported in every guide, we advise you not to miss these destinations: the Deposed Christ , a white marble sculpture attributed to the Lombard Gothic master Jacopino da Tradate, datable to 1420-1430 , preserved in the suggestive church of San Francesco, one of the oldest Franciscan settlements in Italy; the Park of the Golena and the Window on the Po , a 5-meter installation that follows the neo-Gothic forms of one of the mullioned windows of the Town Hall and that stands out at the point where the river reaches its maximum width from source at the mouth, a project born from the collaboration between the poet Giuseppe Boles and the sculptor Brunivo Buttarelli; the “Church with the Lion”, or the parish church of San Leonardo, which bears on the façade, located in the tympanum, a winged Lion of San Marco, a reminder of the Venetian domination of the city between the 4th and 16th centuries; the artistic gate and the nineteenth-century sculptures of the Monumental Cemetery, a true open-air museum of valuable statues signed by the best local representatives of funerary art; the facades, arcades and friezes of the many stately homes, such as the Palazzi Manganelli, Martinelli, Melzi, Porcelli, Chiozzi, Camozzi, and, in Piazza Turati, the delightful “Scaletta”, of proto-Renaissance origins.
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