Blessed Bernardino Caimi

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Franciscan friar at the convent of Sant’Angelo in Milan, Italy. Superior of a community in Lodi, Italy. His gifts as an administror led to him being appointed commissioner of the holy places in the Holy Land in 1478.

Back in Europe, Brother Bernardino got the idea of reproducing the holy sites of Palestine to give Christians a chance to make devotional pilgrimages without the dangerous trip to the Holy Land. His idea was a representation of the life and death of Jesus so that pilgrims could see and meditate on them, similar to the Stations of the Cross, but covering all aspects of Christ’s life and death. In 1491, with the financial support, he began construction of Sacro Monte di Varallo near Varallo Sesia, Italy. It includes a minor basilica, 45 chapels, paintings and frescoes, and 800 wooden and terracotta life-sized statues of people depicting the life, Passsion, death and resurrection of Christ.



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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Bernardino Caimi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 February 2020. Web. 21 June 2021. <>