Via Mazzini - 43052 - Colorno (PR)
Phone: +39 0521815558
open from 7am to 12pm and from 4.30pm to 6pm.
Services from Monday to Friday at 7.30am and at 5.30pm; Saturday at 7.30am and at 6pm; Sunday at 10am, 11.30am and at 5pm
The church of Santa Margherita was built between the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 16th century at the borders of the borgo, the oldest part of the village, under the walls.
Built in a gothic style, with a shape that recalls in proportion 1/16 the church of S. Francesco del Prato in Parma, it was consacrated on the 21st of May 1525 but according to some sources it had been a worship place before that day for years.
Originally designed in a rectangular shape with three naves divided by corinthian columns, it did not have side chapels but only altars right againts the walls; the ceiling in wood and the floor in cotto.
The church has been restored many times along the years to follow the trend and artistic styles changing in time; its original shape left traces only in the apse, in the choir and in some parts of the facade.
In particular in 1662, in occasion of Duke Ranuccio II’s visit with his spouse, the interiors were completely whitened and the 16th century frescoes were cancelled.
The latest works are dated back to the years 1834-1844 when, under the supervision of the architect Giuseppe Tebaldi and the suggestions by Nicola Bettoli, the building turned into a neoclassical style that we see today: columns were surrounded by strong pillars, eight chapels were erected and the floors were rebuilt.