Sacred Art in the countryside, the rural oratories
In addition to the Provostal Church of St. Erasmus, in Castel Goffredo there are two more parish churches: San Lorenzo in Casalpoglio and Santa Margherita in Bocchere. Ten more rural oratories are still places of worship and gathering for the countryside community.
You can visit these churches and chapels by taking a circular and fascinating tour in the territory of Castel Goffredo.
Oratory of San Francesco d’Assisi in Contrada Perosso
Oratory of the Immaculate Conception in Contrada Ceresole. The circular apse houses the famous eighteenth-century painting by Giuseppe Bazzani: “The Education of the Virgin”
Oratory of San Carlo Borromeo in Contrada Gamberedolo. In the sixteenth century, it was the summer residence of the Marquises Gonzaga of Castel Goffredo. This is the place where Alfonso was murdered at the hands of his nephew Rodolfo.
Parish Church of Santa Margherita in Contrada Bocchere
Oratory of Santa Maria Formosa in Contrada Berenzi houses the large altarpiece depicting the “Visitation of Mary to St. Elizabeth” dated 1599, and put in the beautiful baroque carved and gilded frame, made by the workshop of Barili from Castiglione. (errore: in italiano “visitazione” è scritto in modo sbagliato; “Elisabetta” è scritto sbagliato)
Oratory of San Michele Arcangelo between Contrada Zecchini and Rassica
Parish Church of San Lorenzo in the centre of Casalpoglio
Oratory of Santa Maria Maddalena in Contrada Poiano
Oratory of Santa Elena and of the Invention of the Cross in Contrada Selvole