General Info, Places to Visit

Santissima Annunziata, Parma

Santissima Annunzita – also called the Basilica del Paradiso

Santissima Annunzita is a Renaissance style, Roman Catholic church and convent located on Via Massimo D’Azeglio in Parma, Italy. It is unusual in the way that it is very wide than long; as in most church designs.


To the left of the front alter

To the left of the front alter


To the right of the front alter

To the right of the front alter


In 1221, it is written that St Francis of Assisi visited Parma and this church.

Built after the year 1566, the church has an elliptical body expanding in ten radial chapels with reinforcements at regular intervals. The Annunciation is celebrated on the Friars’commission above the main portal.

By 1616, construction had stalled when part of the roof had fallen in. The dome was not completed either. Only with the intervention of Margherita Farnese (who became a nun) did construction proceeded using an awkward, heavily reinforced dome design by Girolamo Rainaldi.

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