Oratory of San Rocco
Church in Riomaggiore
Perched in a panoramic vantage point adjacent to one of the towers of the Riomaggiore castle, the modest oratory of San Rocco and San Sebastiano holds its place. Most likely constructed in 1480 as an expression of gratitude for the cessation of a plague, the structure boasts a simplicity of design. The white-plastered façade, consistent with the oratory’s overall appearance, is fronted by a gabled portico. The unpretentious portal is crowned by a stone architrave, adorned with subtly carved figures in bas-relief: that of San Rocco, marked by the signs of the plague, and San Sebastian, depicted with his characteristic arrows.
Within the confines of its petite interior chamber, graced by a gently curved barrel vault, devotional frescoes adorn the walls. Historically, this space sheltered a triptych positioned at the main altar, portraying the Virgin and Child between Saints Rocco and Sebastian. This triptych has since been relocated to the church of San Giovanni Battista.
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