Piemonte, Italy's North West
Two of the chapels of Sacro Monte di Orta (Sacred mountain of Orta), a Roman Catholic devotional complex on the summit of the San Nicolao hill, 100 metres above Lake Orta. Construction of the complex, dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, began in 1583. The project by the Capuchin friar Cleto da Castelletto Ticino involved 36 chapels, of which only 20 were built. It is a place of devotion and pilgrimage.