Rotonda di San Tome, Almenno San Bartolomeo
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The Rotonda di San Tomè is a church in the comune of Almenno San Bartolomeo, in the province of Bergamo, Lombardy, Northern Italy.The church has a circular plan and is in the Lombard-Romanesque style, dating from the early 12th century, and dedicated to St. Thomas the Apostle.HistoryThe church was built in the district known in ancient times as Lemine. The date of its construction is uncertain, as well as the existence of other churches on the same site, as it is known a reconstruction was carried on between the end of the 11th and the beginning of the 12th century. It has been speculated it could have been originated in Lombard times (7th-8th centuries), while other scholars assign it to the subsequent Frankish conquest of northern Italy, when the area was under the counts of Lecco.It has been hypothesised that the Rotonda was built over the remains of a Roman temple, but archaeological investigations have found no sign of this. They have shown that a centrally planned edifice was present here in the 10th century.This edifice had decayed in such a way that in the early 12th century the bishop of Bergamo decided on its complete reconstruction. Only the foundations and the columns and capitals of the former building were re-used for the ground floor. The columns were extended with reversed capitals at the base or by adding pieces of other columns. Around the end of the 12th century a presbytery and an apse were also built. In the meantime a monastery was added to the church, with nuns coming especially from the wealthy class of Bergamo. This monastery was suppressed in 1407; only the foundations and minor parts of the buildings can be seen today.
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  • A jewel of Romanesque architecture. Encapsulates all the canons of the Romanesque and breathless with its beauty. Simple, Basic you approach from an Avenue between the green. Probably the fall colors accentuate its beauty. The Interior even more spectacular with its capitals one different from the next. Congratulations also to the volunteer that demonstrates the Church and tells the story.
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  • Wonderful area to take pictures, to get away from the usual routine. The Rotunda of San Tome even though it is a relatively small building are all to be enjoyed and admired, centimeter after centimeter, with its capitals games of sunlight ...
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  • We stayed at this gem and it was worth it As arrived we realized everything was closed then popped into the Office where we found some amazing people, in fact, besides open and tell us with passion about the Rotunda they recommended other churches to visit Romanesque era around. In one day we visited the area. The Interior as seen externally and in circular form but there is also a matronae (sorry if it's incorrect) at the top level where sat women or nuns, unfortunately now closed due to poorly executed in the past and has not yet been restored. The frescoes inside are not very visible but architecture plays in favour to 1000%
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